Wave Of Female Democratic Senators Call On Franken To Resign

Wave Of Female Democratic Senators Call On Franken To Resign

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D - New York) was the first US senator to call for Franken to step down. "It's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear patter over a long period of time".

Several Democratic senators called on Sen.

A woman is accusing Sen.

"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me".

Franken has said he is "ashamed" by the allegations, but has not admitted to knowingly behaving badly, and apologized to the women who have felt disrespected by his behavior.

The unidentified accuser told Politico that the Minnesota Democrat made the unwanted move after a taping of his talk radio show in 2006 - three years before he was elected to the Senate.

The developments left Franken in an increasingly hard position; the Minnesota Senator has shrugged off calls for his resignation, offering up apologies to women who came forward with their stories.

Some Democrats have also said that Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) should be forced out; he admitted this week that he had reached an $84,000 sexual harassment settlement with a former staffer in his office. She said she ducked his lips, but he said to her as she left, "It's my right as an entertainer".

Their calls came after Politico reported that another woman, which it did not name, alleged that Franken tried to kiss her against her will after a broadcast of the radio show that Franken was hosting in 2006. He is now under a Senate ethics review for his behavior, which he said he will "fully" cooperate with.

"It is clear that Al Franken has engaged in a pattern of egregious and unacceptable behavior toward women, and he should resign", she said.

In a statement sent Wednesday to the Star Tribune, Franken called this allegation "categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous".

Murray's backing is significant because she's a member of Democratic leadership and is the highest ranking woman in the Senate.