Sexual misconduct allegations are suddenly everywhere. What seemed to begin with Hollywood celebrities scandals has quickly moved into political circles with some of the most prominent and influential people in America being accused. Senator Al Franken has been accused by seven women of sexual misconduct. Franken apologized for any misconduct but refuses to resign despite pressure from his female colleagues.
The controversial decision to not resign has left many questioning the leadership of the Senate. Seven female Democratic senators all joined forces in demanding Franken resign immediately.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was the first female senator to give her opinion on the matter in a Facebook post.
“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.
Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii soon followed suit and echoed 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 New York Post, other female Democratic senators, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington and Kamala Harris of California, all agreed it was in the best interest of the nation for Franken to step aside due to the misconduct charges.
In wake of the outcry from fellow Democratic senators, Politico has reported Franken will make an announcement on Thursday.
The details regarding the announcement are unknown. One could speculate that the Democrats’ strategy of publicly shaming the senator may have worked.