Some pretty big Influential liberal groups want Senator Al Franken to resign in the wake of the mounting claims of inappropriate sexual behavior.
All of this has stalled the Minnesota Democrat’s rise in progressive circles along with any talk of a potential 2020 White House bid. The progressive group Indivisible tweeted Monday, after a second Franken groping allegation surfaced:
We believe Lindsay Menz. We believe Leeann Tweeden. Senator @alfranken should be held accountable and he should resign.
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) November 20, 2017
The first claim against Franken emerged last week with Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden saying the senator forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 USO tour, before he was elected to the Senate. She said Franken kissed her while rehearsing a sketch. And later on the tour, Franken was photographed with his hands over Tweeden’s breasts, grinning at the camera, as she slept.
Monday, the second allegation was reported where Lindsay Menz told CNN Franken grabbed her buttocks in 2010 when they posed together for a picture at a Minnesota state fair — while Franken was a senator.
Calls for the senator to step down have started to emerge, but Franken’s office reportedly said this past weekend that the two-term senator will not resign.
Franken has repeatedly apologized to Tweeden, and also said he feels badly that Menz felt “disrespected” but he does not remember the photograph being taken.
The group affiliated with liberal Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 White House bid Justice Democrats is also calling for Franken’s resignation. The group said in a statement:
“It would be profoundly hypocritical for Democrats to stand by Franken in this moment. We can’t tolerate harassment or assault. We are calling for Franken to resign his seat.”
The group has also started a petition to get Minnesota Democratic Governor Mark Dayton to replace Franken with Minnesota Democratic Representative Keith Ellison.
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) November 16, 2017
Surprisingly, Franken himself has called for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into the Tweeden allegations, but the liberal group last week called his overall response “unacceptable” saying:
“Franken had the chance last week to take full responsibility for past sexual harassment, sexual assault and any other behavior that demeaned women. He failed to do so. We believe that Sen. Franken should immediately resign.”
Despite these allegations, some former staffers and even former SNL female stars have come out with statements in support of their former colleague.
But more allegations of questionable conduct continue to come forward. The New York Post reported on pictures showing Franken appearing to grab Arianna Huffington on her breasts and buttocks, during a photo shoot for a magazine in 2000, but The Huffington Post co-founder reportedly denied Franken crossed a line telling the post:
“The notion that there was anything inappropriate in this photo shoot is truly absurd.”