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Heinrich, Udall call for ethics investigation in Franken groping incident

After a woman accused Democratic Sen. Al Franken of kissing and groping her without consent today, New Mexico’s U.S. senators are calling for a Senate ethics investigation.

Leeann Tweeden, who is now a morning news anchor on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, told her story in a lengthy blog post this morning.

“I am deeply troubled by the allegations against Senator Franken and I believe there should be an ethics investigation into the matter,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich. “Sexual harassment is not a joke and must always be taken seriously.”

Sen. Tom Udall said “sexual harassment is never acceptable at any time or any place.”

“I fully support the Ethics Committee investigation into this matter, and I am glad that Senator Franken has agreed to cooperate,” Udall said. “With regard to the conversation we have been having about sexual harassment on Capitol Hill: A workplace should be safe from harassment of all kinds. And my wish and my hope is that Congress can set an example for the nation and that harassment can be made a thing of the past.”

Franken has said he welcomes an ethics inquiry.