DNC chair: Al Franken should resign from the Senate

DNC Chairman Tom Perez called Wednesday for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (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.

{mosads}“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 Gillibrand (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.

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