FULL LIST: Democratic Lawmakers Call for Al Franken to Resign
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FULL LIST: Democratic Lawmakers Call for Al Franken to Resign

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A growing list of Democratic lawmakers have called on Sen. Al Franken to resign. The pleas come after another report of alleged sexual misconduct against Franken surfaced Wednesday morning.

The calls for him to resign have prompted Franken’s office to say he will have an announcement Thursday. Further details on the announcement haven’t been disclosed, but Franken has continuously denied intentional wrongdoing in the allegations and has apologized.

If he resigns, Franken would be the second member of Congress to step aside due to sexual harassment allegations. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan announced Tuesday that he was stepping down immediately after over 50 years in Congress and endorsed his son in a subsequent election to replace him.

The calls for Franken’s resignation from fellow Democrats started with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who wrote Wednesday that she was “shocked” and “disappointed” after several women came forward with allegations that Franken inappropriately touched them.

“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 wrote in a statement to Facebook.

The sexual misconduct allegations started with radio personality and model Leeann Tweeden coming forward saying that Franken forced himself on her while they were overseas on a USO tour. She said, and provided a photo, that Franken also grabbed her breasts while she was asleep.

Another woman, named Lindsay Menz, accused Franken of touching her butt while posing for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. On November 30, the Senate Ethics Committee announced that it’s investigating the allegations against Franken, and Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer sent information to the committee or review.

Following Gillibrand’s message, several other prominent Democrats came forward with calls for Franken to step down. The statements issued by the senators come on the same day that “The Silence Breakers” were named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” The recent outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations against people in entertainment, media, politics, business and many more industries were spurred by the #MeToo hashtag on social media. People who had stories of sexual misconduct were urged to come clean against their accusers.

A list of the lawmakers who called for Franken to step aside is provided below:


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.)


Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.)



Sen. Maggie Hassan (N.H.)


Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.)


Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)


Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.)


Sen. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii)


Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.)


Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.)


Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.)


Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio)


Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.)

The increasing number of women coming forward suggests a pattern of repeated harassment and unacceptable behavior that is impossible to ignore. Senator Franken has denied some of these allegations and has the right to continue to seek a process through the Ethics Committee, but I believe the best course of action for him right now is to step down, as I expect he will do tomorrow.


Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Ill.)

DNC Chairman Tom Perez


Sen. Ed Markey (Mass.)


Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.)


Before he was elected to the Senate, Franken worked as a comedian on the comedy show Saturday Night Live. He was first elected to the Senate in 2008 after he defeated Republican Sen. Norm Coleman by just 312 votes. He won his re-election bid in 2014 and is up for re-election in 2018.


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PAX

Eric; Al Franken admitted wrong doing, apologized profusely, and after review and consultation, did what he thought was right and resigned. That shows a strength of character seeming not present in the ranks of the GOP. Franken deserves some respect, not for what he did, but for owning up to it and taking the hit. GOP members should make notes and do the right thing once in a while.

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PAX

As much as I agree Frankin acted inappropriately, it seems his greatest crime was to NOT vehemently deny all allegations and call his accusers vicious liars like his GOP counterparts. Right or wrong, if Frankin had done, and there is not a double standard, Al would have been off the hook and in the clear today. It worked for Roy Moore because it looks like he will win, so his GOP buddies have now all slithered over to endorse his election bid, while being an alleged pedophile with multiple credible accusers! Where is his resignation? Where’s the outrage from republicans? Oh, and don’t forget “His Highness”, Donald J. Trump, also accused of numerous inappropriate acts by numerous women which he denied in a borage of personal insults directed at those accusers while as much as admitted that very type of behaviour on the “Access Hollywood” tape we’ve all heard. Where is his resignation? Where’s the outrage from republicans? Politics and politicians make me want to puke!!!

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#BeenThereDoneThat

Where are the GOP women in urging Barton, and that other clown from Texas in GOP to resign? Double standards. I guess it’s okay for a Liberal politician to resign, but to look the other way for The party of Grand Old Pedophiles, (GOP) to go on their merry way.

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Quincy

I agree that Frankin is arrogant and probably did the things it’s said he did. I also believe that he probably doesn’t see himself in the same light his accusers do, that is to say… he didn’t mean it which takes us back to his arrogance and the arrogance of those in our society who yield power through wealth, celebrity, politics or other means. I agree he should resign as he’s pretty much useless now and he should use his resignation as one last moment to make a statement asking that others who’ve been accused including the Donald might too resign. Last thought… people think something is happening but it’s my prediction people are going to get tired of these many years late accusations. People need to report these incidents when they happen. People need to fight back int he moment, scream, yell, shout, shove, kick, bite, gouge, claw etc. Teach your children self defense. Have the balls and or ovaries to stand up for yourself and say no. Yes, these men have power but we all have power if we so choose to use it.

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Kathleen Hacker

This is a witch hut.Frankin scares the shit out of liers,on both sides.The American people love him.The establishment can not stand the thought oh Franklin as a world leader.STAY PUT AL.

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HistoryRepeats

He’s following the lead of el presidente… After Trumpavich resigns, then Franken should.

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Eric

Franken’s arrogance not to resign on his own, and has to be pushed out by his Dem peers, is a sign of this man’s integrity and character. Shameless and disgusting!

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JOHN MAYOR

And, following Al Franken’s removal, MR. PHEWTUS should be asked to resign, in the light of the allegation of the R-A-P-E O-F A G-I-R-L O-F T-H-I-R-T-E-E-N (see, the Huffington Post, the The Guardian, and et cetera!)! Otherwise, G-O-D-‘-S F-I-R-E-S W-I-L-L N-O-T B-E A-B-A-T-E-D!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!

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