Democrat Women Senators Call on Al Franken to Resign (Now 23 Women and Men Dems, and One GOP)

Several Democrat women senators, led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) called on Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign as he faces another accusation of sexual assault. The calls came late Wednesday morning after Politico published a claim by yet another woman that Franken forced her to kiss him.

A former Democratic congressional aide said Al Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006, three years before he became a U.S. senator.

The aide, whose name POLITICO is withholding to protect her identity, said Franken (D-Minn.) pursued her after her boss had left the studio. She said she was gathering her belongings to follow her boss out of the room. When she turned around, Franken was in her face.

The former staffer ducked to avoid Franken’s lips. As she hastily left the room, she said, Franken told her: “It’s my right as an entertainer.”

“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like ‘Wait, what is happening?’ But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked,” the aide said in an interview. “I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer.’”

The former staffer, who was in her mid-20s at the time of the incident, said she did not respond to Franken.”…

Franken’s downfall started three weeks ago with the release of this photo of him molesting a sleeping Leeann Tweeden on a USO tour. Tweeden also accused Franken of forcing her to kiss him

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, posted to Facebook her call on Franken to resign

Excerpt: “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”

Gillibrand was followed by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sen.Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sen. Claire McCaskill, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

This post will be updated.

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI):

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) became the first male Democrat senator to call on Franken to resign.

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) became the first Republican senator to call on Franken to resign.

A few minutes ago, Franken’s office announced he would be making a statement on Thursday.

Politico is keeping a running list of the ever-growing number of Dems turning on Franken. Click here.

As of 1 p.m. CST it was up to 23.

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