At least seven female Democratic senators on Wednesday urged Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) to resign as allegations of sexual misconduct continued piling up against him, according to CNN.
CNN on Wednesday reported that Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) called for Franken to step aside.
The group’s actions marked the first time any senator has called on Franken to leave his seat as more women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
“While Senator Franken is entitled to have the [Senate] 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 wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on Wednesday quickly joined the chorus of Franken’s female colleagues pushing for his ouster.
Murray’s support is especially damning as she is the highest ranking woman in the Senate and a member of Democratic leadership.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) later Wednesday became the first male Democratic senator to call for Franken's ouster, followed by Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez was not far behind, tweeting that Franken "should step down" amid the accounts about his past acts.
"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," he said.
CNN on Wednesday reported that Franken would make an announcement the following day, although it remained unclear what he would speak about.
A seventh woman earlier Wednesday accused Franken of inappropriate sexual behavior against her in the past.
The former Democratic congressional aide told Politico that Franken attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006 following a taping of his radio show.
The Senate Ethics Committee has been probing Franken since broadcast Leeann Tweeden alleged last year that he forcibly groped and kissed her during the same year.
Tweeden’s account prompted several other women to claim Franken inappropriately kissed or touched them in the past.
Franken has previously indicated he would not resign, and he also admitted last month that he was “embarrassed and ashamed” by the groping allegations against him.