Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has joined with other female Democrats in the U.S. Senate calling for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign following more allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
“I am deeply disappointed by Senator Franken’s behavior. He must step aside,” Sen. Duckworth said in a news release. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) has also asked Franken to step down, as has Sen. Dick Durbin in a tweet.
Sen. Franken will make an announcement Thursday, his office told CNN, as calls for the Minnesota Democrat’s resignation rapidly gained momentum Wednesday in dramatic fashion.
The latest allegation against the Senator comes from an unidentified woman who says that Franken kissed her on the lips in 2006 after his radio show, an allegation Franken denies. Nonetheless, she joins several other women who have come forward accusing Franken of groping, kissing, and other unwanted sexual advances.
CNN reports that twenty-three Democratic senators — twelve female and eleven male including the second-ranking Democrat in chamber (Sen. Durbin) — called on Franken to resign as allegations of sexual harassment against him continue to mount. Republican Sen. Susan Collins also called on Franken to quit. For more coverage from CNN, click here.
In joining with them, Sen. Duckworth said that, “…as national leaders, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard—and we must lead by example to ensure every person is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about our society. It’s about who we are as a people and the kind of country we want our daughters—and our sons—to grow up in.”