Sen. Baldwin calls on Franken to resign following sexual misconduct allegat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin is the latest female senator to call on fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign.

In a Tweet Wednesday morning, Baldwin said, "I believe it is best for Senator Franken to resign."

Baldwin joined other women senators who said the two-term senator should step aside after a fresh allegation that he forcibly tried to kiss a woman in 2006.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote on Facebook that while Franken is entitled to have the 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.”

Sens. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington state and Claire McCaskill of Missouri joined Gillibrand in pressing for Franken to quit.

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