in the vicinity
Swiss franc faces a flood of calls for his resignation.
It started with six female senators, but by mid-afternoon Wednesday, many Democratic leaders had a call for sen. Al Franken ‘ s resignation.
Franken, D-Minn., a Senate ethics Committee investigation, after several women claimed he groped or tried to kiss her forcibly. The accusations started after the Los Angeles radio-anchor-Leeann Tweeden accused him forcibly kissed her during a 2006 USO tour.
Franken’s office said that he will make an announcement on Thursday. He has already apologized for his conduct but disputed some of the allegations.
Here is what has been said by key Democrats, Franks, 66, in their calls for his resignation.
In a simple tweet, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Wis., said it was “the best” for francs.
I think it is best to terminate the best for Senator Franken.
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@Senator Baldwin) 6. December 2017
Sen., Michael Bennett, D-Colo., said he expected Franken to make “announcements” on Thursday, and is “confident that he will do the right thing and step aside.”
“Sexual harassment and misconduct are never said to be acceptable,” Bennett.
Sexual harassment and misconduct are never acceptable. I understand that Senator Franken will be an announcement in the morning, and I am confident that he will do the right thing and step aside.
— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) 6. December 2017
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, confirmed that it is “a serious problem in this country with sexual harassment and abuse – in Congress, in Hollywood, in business, in the military – everywhere” in a statement. He also praised those who “had the courage to come forward.”
“I listened to them. I was listening to my female colleagues to the women I work with, and the women in my life. And I agree, the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside,” said Brown.
He urged the ethics Commission to continue its investigations.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said Swiss francs to disrupt alleged actions “egregious and show a pattern of serious misconduct and abuse.”
“It is time, Senator Franken, from his office to resign,” she said.
Senator Franken are upset by the actions, outrageous, and show a pattern of serious misconduct and abuse. It is time for Senator Franken, from his office to resign.
— Sen. Maria Cantwell (@Senator Cantwell) 6. December 2017
The first man, the senator, the calls for Swiss francs resignation, Sen. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, said on Twitter that he agreed with his colleagues on the matter.
“We can’t just believe that women, if it is convenient,” Casey said.
I agree with my colleagues who are stepping forward today and called to cancel the Senator Franken, in. We can not simply believe that women, if it is convenient.
Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) 6. December 2017
Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., called for Franken’s resignation in a statement he published online.
“I think it is more work to be done to the protection of victims of sexual harassment and the reform of the system for the submission and settlement of complaints of harassment in Congress,” Donnelly said, adding that he does not want taxpayers to ensure actually the bill for the settlements, the members of the Congress.
Joe calls for Senator Franken to terminate. pic.twitter.com/ff5i1rnhJs
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) 6. December 2017
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., called for Swiss francs, as she is “deeply disturbed” by the accusations against him.
“For all those in America who have come forward to tell their story from the past few months: thank you. Your courage and strength in this long-overdue national conversation is awe-inspiring,” Duckworth said in a statement.
“It’s not about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about our society. It’s a question of how we, as a people and the kind of country our daughters – and to grow our sons.”
“As a national leader, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard and we need to set a good example and make sure that every single person is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” she continued. “It’s not about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about our society. It’s a question of how we, as a people and the kind of country our daughters – and to grow our sons.”
“Senator Franken, the behavior was wrong. He has admitted what he has done. He should resign from the Senate,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on Twitter.
Senator Franken, the behavior was wrong. He has admitted what he has done. He should resign from the Senate.
— Senator Dick Durbin (@Senator Durbin) 6. December 2017
In a lengthy Facebook post, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, said she was “shocked and disappointed” to hear of the allegations against the Swiss franc, a person that you as a “friend” and someone she was “in person.”
“But this moment of reckoning, is about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful. We must not be said to lose sight of the fact that this turning point is larger than an industry, a party, or a person,” Gillibrand.
“Sustainable change, we must fight everywhere in the name of all by insisting on accountability and work to more women in leadership in every industry to fundamentally shift the culture,” she added.
Gillibrand claims that the allegations against the Swiss franc “is the same as the criminal behavior allegedly against Roy Moore, or Harvey Weinstein, or President Trump,” but “it is still undoubtedly wrong, and should not be tolerated by those of us who are privileged to work in the public service.”
Sr., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called on Franken to step down, on Twitter.
“Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed, by anyone, and should not occur anywhere,” she said. “I think the best thing to do is for Senator Franken to step down.”
Sexual harassment and misconduct should not be allowed, by anyone, and should not occur anywhere. I think the best thing to do is for Senator Franken to step down.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) 6. December 2017
On Twitter, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N. H., slammed francs for what they said was “a pattern of outrageous and unacceptable behavior toward women.”
“We are experiencing a change in our culture, is long overdue, and we must continue to authorize work to all the women and do everything we can do to prevent sexual harassment, misconduct and assault,” said Hassan in calling for Franken’s resignation.
We are seeing a change in our culture, is long overdue, and we must continue to authorize work to all the women and do everything we can to prevent sexual harassment, misconduct and assault.
— Senior Maggie Hassan (@Senator Hassan) 6. December 2017
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N. D., said she was “very concerned and disappointed” by Franks, his alleged deeds, and praised the “courageous” women who came forward with their stories. She called for Franken to “step down.”
“I have been saying this for decades, as a country, we have so much to be tolerant and inclusive of past allegations,” Heitkamp said. “In the last few months, the women courageously step out of the shadows to tell their stories of sexual harassment and abuse. This is a big step.”
“We need more of them, and all the women to come to empower you, to the front and talk it out, you can prevent these actions, and impose severe consequences if they happen,” she added.
We must commit ourselves to the zero-tolerance – that is where I believe that we should as a country, and the Congress – and that means that Senator Franken should step down. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/4qrZB0mBTo
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@Senator Heitkamp) 6. December 2017
The junior senator from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono called to withdraw Swiss francs, but said she “struggled with this decision, because he was a good Senator,” and she considers him to be a friend.
“My hope is that this moment will lead to a cultural change, women are seen as objects or toys, but recognized for their skills and achievements. As a normal human being. Women have to endure this behavior, which is ignored to long, and tolerated,” said Hirono. “But no more. Can we just have a culture where women are respected, equal, if we all take a step forward, and be part of the change by the keep everyone, especially our politicians, to bring justice.”
Today, I urge you to contact my colleague Al Franken to step aside. I struggled with this decision, because he was a good Senator, and I consider him a friend. But that no excuse can his behavior and his mistreatment of women. (thread)
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) 6. December 2017
We are, all of us, speak, naming of names, and demands that the harassers responsible for their behavior. I’m proud of every one of the women who came forward, and, encouraged by climate change, their stories with acceptance and compassion.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) 6. December 2017
But also not more. Can we just have a culture where women are respected, equal, if we all take a step forward, and be part of the change by the keep everyone, especially our politicians, to bring justice.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) 6. December 2017
“While the facts may differ from case to case, and while there are good reasons for a deliberate and targeted process, Senator Franken, the situation has become unsustainable,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt for the weighing of evidence in such cases., said in a statement.
He called on Franken to “step aside”, he said, “a prompt ethics Committee of the investigation and recommendations will not come soon enough.”
“I hope that, as a nation, we are beginning to deal with the problem of sexual harassment and coercion, but we still have a long way to go,” he said.
Sen. Claire McCaskill just Wednesday, “Al Franken tweeted should resign.”
Al Franken, come back.
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) 6. December 2017
The Missouri Democrat has for a number of initiatives to combat sexual assault and misconduct during their term of office in the Senate.
Rep Betty McCollum said the allegations against Swiss francs “make it impossible for him to be an effective Senator for Minnesota.”
“When he makes his announcement tomorrow, I have every confidence that he said the right thing for Minnesota and our country,” she said in a statement.
Like Franken, McCollum is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-labor y in Minnesota.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said that while the franc “has the right to try to continue a process by the ethics Commission,” he believes “the best course of action for him now is to step down, as I expect he will do tomorrow.”
“The increasing number of women come to the front and suggests a pattern of repeated harassment and unacceptable behaviour, is impossible to ignore,” Murphy said.
Patty Murray, the democratic senior senator from Washington, said she is “shocked and appalled by Senator Franken.”
“It is clear to me that this is a deeply harmful, persistent problem, and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It is time for him to step aside,” she said.
“It’s time for us, as members, to give us to a higher standard, an example, and to life, a series of values, the said representative and worthy of the Congress, our democracy and our great country,” Murray.
It’s time for us, as members, to give us to a higher standard, an example, and to life, a series of values which is representative and worthy of the Congress, our democracy and our great country.
— Senator Patty Murray (@Patty Murray) 6. December 2017
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said on Twitter that the Franks intended to leave his office.
“All must share the responsibility for building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and this also applies to our party,” Perez said.
Sen. Al Franken should step down. Everyone must share the responsibility for building a culture of trust and respect for women in every industry and workplace, and this also applies to our party.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) 6. December 2017
Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the “right thing” to do for francs.
The former 2016 democratic presidential candidate, said, “We are now at a crossroads in American culture. And it is important.”
“The way we treat women in our country has been abysmal in almost every respect.”
– Sanders, Sr.
“The way we treat women in our country has been abysmal in almost every respect We are finally dealing with the issue of sexual harassment, and we need to it the right way,” Sanders said in his statement. “But the conversation we have now is only the tip of the iceberg. It must include a continuous movement of women and men, that a national discussion about sexism, sexual harassment, objectification, inequality, and abuse of power.”
“I think it is Senator Franken a dear friend and great respect for his achievements, but he has a higher obligation to his electorate and to the Senate, and he should be down immediately,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said in a statement.
In the call for Franken’s resignation, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said, “Sexual harassment is unacceptable.”
Sexual harassment is unacceptable. I think Senator Franken should do the right thing and resign.
— Sen. Debbie Stabenow (@SenStabenow) 6. December 2017
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N. M., promoted Swiss francs, to “step-down” and “send a strong message that sexual misconduct is unacceptable in any setting.”
Senator Franken should send a strong message that sexual misconduct is unacceptable in any environment and step-down.
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) 6. December 2017
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Spoke with francs and asked him to resign, Fox News has learned.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Dr. I., said simply, “what have we learned in the last few weeks, I expect to contact Senator Franken to step aside.”
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., before Wednesday afternoon, the Swiss franc would announce said, his resignation on Thursday.
“It’s the right thing to do is said to do in the face of this series of serious accusations,” Wyden.
I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow. It’s the right thing to do, in the face of this series of serious accusations.
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) 6. December 2017
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.