Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation

Eighth Franken accuser comes forward as Dems call for resignation
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A former Democratic staffer on Wednesday became the eighth woman to accuse Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenControversial Trump judicial nominee withdraws AP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Franken offers Dems a line of questioning for Kavanaugh's 'weirdly specific bit of bulls---' MORE (D-Minn.) of sexual misconduct just hours after two dozen of his Senate Democratic colleagues called for his resignation.

Tina Dupuy, a onetime communications director for former Rep. Alan GraysonAlan Mark GraysonThe Hill's Morning Report: Frustration mounts as Republicans blow up tax message Former Dem Rep. Alan Grayson to challenge for old House seat PolitiFact cancels Alan Grayson hire after backlash MORE (D-Fla.), wrote in The Atlantic that Franken groped her at a 2009 Media Matters party celebrating then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Trump was right to ditch UN’s plan for handling migrants Ex-White House stenographer: Trump is ‘lying to the American people’ MORE's inauguration.

"Then I saw Al Franken," Dupuy writes of the party. "I only bug celebrities for pictures when it’ll make my foster mom happy. She loves Franken, so I asked to get a picture with him. We posed for the shot. He immediately put his hand on my waist, grabbing a handful of flesh. I froze. Then he squeezed. At least twice."

Dupuy added that the alleged incident happened "quick; he knew exactly what he was doing."

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"It shrunk me," she added. "It’s like I was no longer a person, only ornamental. It said, 'You don’t matter—and I do.' He wanted to cop a feel and he demonstrated he didn’t need my permission."

Democratic senators came out in droves Wednesday in calling for Franken to resign after another accuser told Politico he tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Franken intends to hold a press conference to discuss his future on Thursday.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’ Election Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas MORE (N.Y.) was the first Democratic senator to call for his resignation. 

"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 Wednesday in a Facebook post shortly after the Politico report.

 

This article was updated at 7:09 p.m.