They were quickly joined by male senators Bob Casey (Pennsylvania), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Joe Donnelly (Indiana). Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Elizabeth Warren of MA and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii also joined in the call for Franken to resign.
In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and midconduct levied against Sen.
The senator is under investigation by the Ethics Committee, an investigation he supported himself, and under pressure to step down-which he has resisted-particularly after Sen.
Following the wave of calls for his resignation, Franken's office said Wednesday afternoon that the senator will make an announcement on Thursday, though Franken's office did not specify the topic of the announcement.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, who served on the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee during his single term in Congress, said that panel is the proper place to decide Franken's fate.
"I'm shocked and appalled by Sen".
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not immediately comment, but Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was among those calling for Franken to step aside. And she says Franken told her: "It's my right as an entertainer".
She is the eight woman to accuse Mr. Franken of sexual misconduct, but one of the few to say the incident occurred while he was in the Senate.
"He was between me and the door and he was coming at me to kiss me".
On Twitter, Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote simply: "Al Franken should resign". "I have listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life", said Sen.
Rhode Island's senators issued statements Wednesday.
Many others, however, said it is time to go.
Kirsten Gillibrand was the first to call on her fellow Democrat to step down.
Since then, multiple women have come forward saying Franken inappropriately touched them during photo ops and at other events.
If Franken resigns, Dayton would appoint someone to fill the seat.