Sen. Al Franken’s support among his fellow Democrats collapsed Wednesday after a group of his former political allies called upon him to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations.
His office said he would be making an announcement on Thursday — and it’s widely expected to be Franken’s resignation announcement.
While his office did not specify the topic, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said he expected Franken to resign at that time.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., were among the Democratic women calling for liberal Franken to immediately quit the Senate.
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Several Democratic men joined them, though Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., did not comment.
“I’m shocked and appalled by Sen. Franken’s behavior,” Murray said. “It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It’s