Two prominent progressive groups are calling on Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Credo Action and Indivisible called for Franken’s resignation Monday after a second woman accused Franken of groping her without her consent.
“Sen. Al Franken had the chance last week to take full responsibility for past sexual harassment, sexual assault and any other behavior that demeaned women. He failed to do so,” Credo said in a statement. “We believe that Sen. Franken should immediately resign from the U.S. Senate and that Gov. Mark Dayton should appoint a progressive woman to replace him.”
“We believe Lindsay Menz. We believe Leeann Tweeden. Senator @alfranken should be held accountable and he should resign,” Indivisible tweeted Monday.
Last week, Franken was accused of groping and kissing a morning radio anchor without her consent in 2006.
Leeann Tweeden wrote a post on her radio station’s website in which she said Franken grabbed her breasts while she was sleeping during a USO tour to entertain troops in the Middle East in December 2006.
Tweeden included a photograph of the incident.
Franken quickly apologized, saying the photo “was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t.”
On Monday, a second woman accused Franken of groping her while taking a photo in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.
The woman, Lindsay Menz, said the incident with Franken was “uncomfortable” and made her feel “gross,” CNN reported.
Franken told CNN in a statement he didn’t recall this photo and he felt “badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”
A spokesperson for Franken said Sunday that the senator would not resign from his seat and would spend the Thanksgiving holiday “reflecting” with his family.