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Heinrich, Udall call on Franken to resign

In this Nov. 27, 2017 photo, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franken is denying an accusation by a former Democratic congressional aide that he tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of his radio show in 2006. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall of New Mexico today joined a growing chorus of Democrats calling on embattled Sen. Al Franken to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment.

After news of a seventh woman claiming that Franken touched her inappropriately surfaced today, at least a dozen Democrats called on Franken to step down.

“Senator Franken needs to step down and we all need to do more to make¬†clear that sexual harassment and assault are unacceptable,” Heinrich said.

“Senator Franken should send a strong message that sexual misconduct is unacceptable in any setting and step down,” Udall said.

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Meanwhile, Franken – a Minnesota Democrat – has announced he’ll make an unspecified statement on Thursday. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said today that he expects Franken to resign.

Here’s my piece from Saturday that outlines where New Mexico’s entire congressional delegation stands on sexual harassment legislation pending in the Senate and on lawmakers (and would-be lawmakers) accused of harassment.

 

 


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