Sen. Al Franken’s office has announced that the Democratic senator will make an announcement Thursday amid calls for his resignation. On Wednesday, Politico published a longtime congressional aide’s account of Franken attempting to kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006 — an allegation Franken has denied.
Shortly after the news broke, seven female Democratic senators called for Franken’s resignation. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) have all released statements urging Franken to step down.
Several male senators — Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) — have also called for the senatorial colleague to resign as well.
On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the longest-serving member in the House of Representatives, announced he would resign from office amid numerous allegations from female staffers that he had behaved inappropriately towards them. He endorsed his son to take his place.