Franken’s Calls For Resignation Ring Loudly

UPDATE (2:55 p.m.): Sen. Angus King (I-ME) issued a statement saying that he believes it is time for his “friend” to resign. While King is an independent, he caucuses with the Democrats.

UPDATE (1:53 p.m.): A total of 22 Democratic Senators have now called for Franken to resign.


In the span of a little over 15 minutes, six female Democratic senators called on their colleague Al Franken (D-MN) to step down from his position. Sens. Kirsten Gilibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Patty Murray (D-WA) all issued statements saying that they believe that members of the Senate should be held to higher standards and that Franken has not met these standards.

Sen. Gilibrand’s statement came first, saying that she’s spent “a lot of time reflecting” about the wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations. While she thinks that Franken is entitled to the Ethics Committee hearing he requested in the wake of the initial allegation against him, she thinks he should not be in the Senate. She released a longer statement on her official Facebook page.

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