Update 1:14 p.m. – The total number of senators calling on Franken to resign is 23, 12 male 11 female.
Update 11:28 a.m. – Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez and senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana have also begun calling for Franken to resign.
Six female Democratic senators and one male senator have all called for Minnesota senator Al Franken to resign. The calls come weeks after allegations of sexual harassment came to light. Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Patty Murray of Washington, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii have all released statements calling on Franken to resign. Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey is now the first male to come forward calling on Franken to resign. Franken is currently under investigation by the Senate Ethics committee into the allegations against him.
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed by anyone and should not occur anywhere. I believe the best thing for Senator Franken to do is step down.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) December 6, 2017
I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can’t just believe women when it’s convenient.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) December 6, 2017
Al Franken should resign.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 6, 2017
It’s time for us as elected representatives to hold ourselves to a higher standard, to set an example, and to live a set of values that is truly representative and worthy of the Congress, our democracy, and our great country.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) December 6, 2017
We are experiencing a 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.
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) December 6, 2017
But no longer. We can only create a culture where women are respected as equals if we all step forward and be part of the change by holding everyone, especially our leaders, accountable.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) December 6, 2017