Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has joined the chorus of voices calling for Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to vacate his seat in the midst of growing allegations of sexual misconduct.
In a tweet shortly after noon, Perez said, “Sen. Al Franken should step down. 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.”
The DNC chair’s statement comes after a chorus of women in the Senate – all of them Democrats – urged Franken to resign amidst the flurry of complaints against him. A few of their male colleagues joined in.
Multiple senators stepped forward Wednesday to become the first Senate Democrats to call on their colleague Sen. Al Franken to resign. Within minutes of each other, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Mazie Keiko Hirono of Hawaii, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Kamala Harris of California, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Sherrod Brown of Ohio released statements and social media posts in the wake of the growing number of women alleging Franken sexually harassed them.
Interestingly enough, the ratcheted-up call for Franken to step down comes the same day that Time Magazine named “Silence Breakers ” – those who have stepped up and confessed sexual abuse – as Person of the Year and a day after Michigan Democrat John Conyers retired from the House of Representatives after increasing claims of misconduct on his part.
Stay tuned to see if more fallout will follow and to see if Franken will stand firm or give up his seat.
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