On Tuesday, we covered the ever-evolving saga of Democratic Senator Al Franken and the sexual misconduct allegations against him. After seven women came forward and accused him of sexual misconduct, Franken did apologize. He refused, however, to resign. But that may be about to change.
Yesterday dozens of female Democratic senators took to social media to express their disdain for the situation and demanded Franken resign.
An unnamed Democratic party official says he has had several conversations with Franken about the mounting pressure to resign. It seems the allegations are starting to take a toll.
This source told Minnesota Public Radio that the comedian-turned-politician plans to announce his resignation on Thursday during a scheduled press conference.
Franken’s Twitter handler tried to downplay the possibility of Franken resigning by tweeting to the station: “Not accurate, @mpr @Stowydad. No final decision has been made and the Senator is still talking with his family. Please update your story.”
On Tuesday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand published a Facebook post asking Franken to resign from the Senate.
“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,” she wrote.
Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii soon followed suit, echoing similar sentiments in a Twitter post. “Today, I am calling on my colleague Al Franken to step aside,” she wrote. “I’ve struggled with this decision because he’s been a good Senator and I consider him a friend. But that cannot excuse his behavior and his mistreatment of women.”
According to The Hill, if Franken resigns, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton would take his seat. Will Franken resign? It would seem the question will be answered one way or another at Thursday’s press conference,