PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's two Democratic senators have joined their female counterparts in other states calling for Sen.
Donnelly said in a statement Wednesday that his fellow Democrat's "conduct and behavior are unacceptable and he should resign". Just last week, a number of senators questioned about Franken said they were waiting for the Ethics Committee to complete its review of multiple allegations that have been raised against Franken.
Following the wave of calls for his resignation, Franken's office said Wednesday afternoon that the senator will make an announcement on Thursday, though Franken's office did not specify the topic of the announcement.
"This allegation is categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous", Franken said. Dick Durbin of IL - the Democratic whip - also called on Franken to resign just before 1 p.m. ET. "While he's entitled to an Ethics Committee hearing, I believe he should step aside to let someone else serve".
The allegations against Mr. Franken began in mid-November when Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Franken and, as you know, he will be making an announcement about his future tomorrow morning.
So, yeah, a ton of Democrats have asked for Franken to resign. "We are experiencing a sea change in our culture that is long overdue, and we must continue working to empower all women and do everything we can to prevent sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault". Tom Udall of New Mexico, Tom Carper of Delaware, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Gary Peters of MI and Sherrod Brown also called for Franken to step down. Sen. Franken, she said, pulled her close when her husband offered to snap a cell phone photo of them, and "as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear", Menz said.
If you've been keeping track, this is the seventh woman who's come forward with a sexual misconduct allegation against Franken in less than a month. A fourth woman, an Army veteran, alleged Franken cupped her breast during a photo op on a USO tour in 2003. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).