Democratic Senator, Ron Wyden of Oregon, said he expects Al Franken to resign on Thursday because at least 23 of the former comedian’s colleagues have asked for him to step down. The push for his resignation follows the charges laid by another woman – who formerly worked as a congressional aide – who accused the senator of “forcibly” attempting to kiss her back in 2006.
Wyden tweeted today that “Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow,” and it’s the right thing to do considering the accusations against him.
Franken said he would “make an announcement” on Thursday, December 7th. The calls for Al to make his way out of the government came after a group of Senate Democratic women urged him to leave.
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said it would send a “clear message” to everyone in society that to mistreat women is intolerable. It would be best for Franken to “step aside” to let someone else serve as a Senator.
Additionally, other politicians such as Mitch McConnell said Al had lost the support of his colleagues and all of his constituents – which is the most important. McConnell claimed he doesn’t believe “(Franken) can effectively serve the people of Minnesota” any longer.
The cascade of calls for Al to leave his position as a senator came after a group of women in the Senate including, Maria Hirono, Tammy Baldwin, Maggie Hassan, Patty Murray, Kamala Harris, and Claire McCaskill; all stated that it would be best for Franken to leave.
And while the nature of the allegations is serious, one can’t help but point to the irony of Al losing his job due to allegations of sexual misconduct, considering he seemed to rejoice when Bill O’Reilly was relieved of his duties for similar reasons.