As the number of women accusing Al Franken of inappropriate conduct grows ever larger, with allegations ranging from non-consensual kissing to lewd comments to groping, Franken’s Democratic colleagues in Congress have decided en masse that it is time for Franken to step down.
Franken was a highly regarded and well-loved senator before the allegations broke, and that made an impact on many Democrats’ responses. In their statements calling for the Minnesota senator’s resignation, The New York Times reports that Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Mazie Hirono mentioned their friendship with Franken as a complicating factor in their decision.
The first allegations brought against Franken were from Leeann Tweeden, the radio host and former Playboy model, who provided photographic evidence that Franken groped her in her sleep during a USO tour. Franken has apologized, but in the wave of accusations since, he has changed his tactic to claiming he doesn’t remember the […]