Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., should resign from the Senate after seven women accused the Democratic senator of sexual misconduct.
“The daily barrage of allegations of sexual misconduct against Senator Franken are extremely concerning to all of us in the Senate,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement. “While the Senate Ethics Committee is reviewing these serious allegations, it now appears that Sen. Franken has lost the support of his colleagues, and most importantly, his constituents.
“I do not believe he can effectively serve the people of Minnesota in the U.S. Senate any longer.”
At least 30 Democratic senators have said Franken should resign from the Senate, with a group of female senators leading the charge.
The calls for the Minnesota Democrat’s resignation began Wednesday, hours after a seventh accuser came forward.
The woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006, two years before he was elected to the Senate. The incident occurred after a taping of his radio show.
After the former staffer attempted to dodge Franken’s kiss, the former comedian reportedly said, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”
Franken denied the allegation, calling it “categorically not true, and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous.”
The Senate Ethics Committee opened an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct made against Franken after a Los Angeles radio host, Leeann Tweeden, said the senator forcibly kissed her and groped her during a USO tour in 2006.
Tweeden published a photo of Franken grabbing her breasts while she slept on a plane after the tour ended.
More women came forward to share their own experiences with Franken after Tweeden spoke publicly. Some of the women say the Minnesota Democrat touched them inappropriately or forcibly kissed them both before and during his time in the Senate.