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Franken says he will make announcement Thursday amid calls to resign

Franken says he will make announcement Thursday amid calls to resign

Their calls came after a seventh woman came forward to accuse the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct. "It's long past time that all Senate Democrats believed women, stood with survivors and joined the call for Senator Franken to resign", said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the group. Franken, who was re-elected handily in 2014, has become one of the leading progressive voices in the Senate, and a big fund-raiser given his high profile beyond Washington. Al Franken has surfaced, this one from a former Democratic congressional aide who told a national politics news website that he tried to force a kiss on her after a recording of his radio show in 2006, three years before he took office. Franken, who is generally liked and respected by his colleagues, was initially afforded deference as he battled the initial allegations against him.

In her Facebook post, Gillibrand noted the seismic cultural shift brought on by the recent revelations of abuse that have followed in the wake of entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein's fall.

If Franken resigns, Dayton would appoint someone to fill the seat.

"Sexual harassment is unacceptable", Sen. None of it is ok and none of it should be tolerated. "We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is OK, none of it is acceptable". The first said she was told of the incident soon afterward.

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The allegations against Franken began in mid-November when Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour.

The senator denied the allegation in a statement to Politico. Franken describe behavior that can not be tolerated. It's time those women be believed just like the women that are coming out against Sen. It is a moment that we as a country can not afford to ignore. "The way we treat women in our country has been abysmal in nearly every way". We are now at a crossroads in American culture. Interestingly, not so many Republicans have parroted their Democratic colleagues. That is what this larger moment is about.

"I want to hear what they say and I think this society is finally willing to address this bad problem", Mr. Could it be because they have been supporting alleged child molester Roy Moore and are led by President Donald Trump, a man who has faced his own multiple allegations of sexual misconduct? Every workplace in America, including Congress, needs to have a strong process and accountability for sexual harassment claims, and I am working with others to address the broken and opaque system in Congress.