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07 December 2017, 01:53 | Marta Robbins
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In a growing tweet storm, Democratic senators were calling Wednesday (Dec. 6) for the resignation of Sen.
A half dozen Senate Democratic women called for Senator Al Franken to resign Tuesday as a sixth woman came forward to charge that the Minnesota Democrat had made an improper advance on her.
In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and midconduct levied against Sen.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono, Patty Murray, Claire McCaskill and Maggie Hassan all issued their demands for Franken to resign on Wednesday morning. I've struggled with this decision because he's been a good Senator and I consider him a friend.
Murray, the highest-ranking woman in the Senate, wrote on Twitter that she was "shocked and appalled by Senator Franken's behavior. He has to step aside".
The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating the allegations against him.
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Franken has said he is "ashamed" by the allegations, but has not admitted to knowingly behaving badly, and apologized to the women who have felt disrespected by his behavior. Al Franken to step down. To achieve lasting change, we will need to fight this everywhere on behalf of everyone by insisting on accountability and working to bring more women into leadership in each industry to fundamentally shift the culture.
Al Franken appears to place his hands on model and radio host Leeann Tweeden's breasts in this photo released by Tweeden. Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.
"The pervasiveness of sexual harassment and the experience women face every day across America within the existing power structure of society has finally come out of the shadows".
Many others, however, said it is time to go. The woman claims Franken told her it was his "right as an entertainer" after she rejected his assault. "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".
As of this writing, Franken has yet to publicly respond to the statements from his female colleagues and the others now backing them.
Franken describe behavior that can not be tolerated.
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