Throngs of Democratic senators demand Franken’s resignation (video)

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Several Democratic senators are calling for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Wednesday, as another accuser steps forward with new allegations of abuse.

Earlier on Wednesday, a seventh accuser said that when she was a Democratic congressional aide in 2006, Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show. The incident, which occurred three years before he became a U.S. senator, occurred when the unidentified aide was left behind in the studio with Franken after her boss left.

“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like, ‘Wait, what is happening?’ But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked,” the aide said in an interview. “I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer.’”

The unidentified aide joins six other women who have accused Franken of sexual misconduct, and another who said he bullied her, prompting the charge, led by six women in the Senate, calling for Franken to step down.

Over a dozen Democratic senators have now called for Franken’s resignation, with the numbers growing by the hour. The first six arrived in successive, with potentially coordinated statements on social media Wednesday (see below).

“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,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) wrote on Facebook, the first in an avalanche of statements against Franken.

Five additional female Democratic senators followed Gillibrand, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (Wis.) and Maggie Hassan (N.H.).

By midday, additional senators joined them, including Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Bob Casey (Pa.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Edward Markey (Mass.).

Franken’s office said he will make an announcement regarding the situation on Thursday.

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