DNC chair: Al Franken should resign from the Senate

DNC chair: Al Franken should resign from the Senate

DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE called Wednesday for the resignation of Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota EMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath MORE (D-Minn.), amid a growing number of sexual misconduct allegations against the senator.

Perez's statement on Twitter came shortly after several Democratic women senators called for Franken's resignation in a rapidly issued series of statements. Earlier on Wednesday, a seventh woman had come forward to accuse the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct.

"Sen. Al Franken should step down," Perez wrote on Twitter. "Everyone must share the responsibility of building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and that includes our party."

Ten Democratic senators issued statements Wednesday calling for Franken to resign after a former Democratic congressional aide came forward and accused the senator of forcibly kissing her in 2006 following a taping of Franken's radio show.

“He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me. It was very quick and I think my brain had to work really hard to be like ‘Wait, what is happening?’ But I knew whatever was happening was not right and I ducked,” the aide said.

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“I was really startled by it and I just sort of booked it towards the door and he said, ‘It’s my right as an entertainer,' " she added.

Franken denied the latest accusation in a statement to Politico, calling it "categorically not true and the idea that I would claim this as my right as an entertainer is preposterous."

The denial was not enough for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandTrump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report Listen: EMILY’s List upbeat about Dem House in '19 Desperate Democrats shouldn't settle for Oprah MORE (D-N.Y.) who responded by being the first Senate Democrat to call for Franken's removal.

"While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve," Gillibrand said in a Facebook statement.