Baldwin joins growing list of Senate Dems calling on Franken to resign

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin today called on U.S. Sen. Al Franken to resign, joining a growing list of Senate Dems calling on the Minnesota senator to step aside.

The statement comes after a Politico report this morning that another woman, identified only as a former Democratic congressional aide, said Franken had tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006. That allegation, which Franken denied, is the seventh one levied against the former comedian.

“I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign,” Baldwin, D-Madison, said in a tweet today.

Franken’s office, meanwhile, announced today the senator will make an announcement tomorrow.

Baldwin’s statement came after at least six female Dem senators today called on Franken to resign: Kirsten Gillibrand of New York; Claire McCaskill of Missouri; Patty Murray of Washington; Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire; Kamala Harris of California; and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. They join a handful of House Dems who have also called on Franken to step aside.

Franken and other senators had previously called for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his behavior after allegations first surfaced last month, a move also supported by Baldwin. The investigation is already underway, according to national media reports.

A Baldwin spokeswoman did not respond to a question regarding why Baldwin is now calling for Franken’s resignation.

Baldwin also previously said she would donate $20,000 to charity to match the donations she had received from Franken’s PAC.

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