Senators Merkley and Wyden join other Democratic leaders in asking Sen. Franken to resign
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are joining other Democratic officials in asking Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign following multiple misconduct allegations.
Wednesday morning, Merkley tweeted, “Senator Franken has said he will make an announcement tomorrow, and I hope that he will do the right thing. It is in the best interest of our country for him to step aside.”
Soon after, Wyden chimed in on Twitter saying, “I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow. It is the right thing to do given this series of serious allegations.”
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez was another leader taking a stand against Franken.
He tweeted, “Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party.”
Franken was first accused of groping and forcibly kissing a woman without her consent on Nov. 16.
Leeann Tweeden, a radio show host, said the incident occurred during a 2006 USO tour. She shared a photo of Franken posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept.
Franken apologized, but questioned Tweeden’s account of the incident.
Then, on Nov. 20, a second woman came forward accusing Franken of inappropriate touching.
Lindsay Menz told CNN that Franken put his hand on her bottom as they posed for a picture at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair.
Franken responded saying he didn’t remember taking the photo with Menz.
Wednesday, Franken denied a new claim from a former Democratic congressional aide. She said he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006.
The woman is remaining anonymous, but the Associated Press reports Franken pursued her after her boss had left and she was collecting her belongings.
According to the Associated Press report, the woman ducked to avoid the advance and Franken told her, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”
The senators’ requests are part of a growing movement among politicians to take a stand against party members accused of sexual assault or misconduct.
He tweeted a photo of the check saying, “Country over Party.”
Moore is of having sexual relationships with minors.