Two progressive political groups are demanding the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who is now facing yet another accusation of harassment. Credo Action and Indivisible have both called for his resignation on 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.”
Indivisible, which grew out of the demonstrations repudiating the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump stated on Twitter: We believe Lindsay Menz. We believe Leeann Tweeden. Senator Al Franken should be held accountable and he should resign.”
Last week, radio show anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of groping and forcibly kissing her without her consent in 2006 during a USO tour. She posted a story on her radio station’s website in which she felt humiliated and infuriated when she discovered that Franken had grabbed her breasts while she was sleeping onboard a military transport plane during the USO tour. Tweeden included a photograph of the incident. Franken sought to explain himself, saying that his recollection of the events differed from her and that the photo “was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t.”
On Monday, Lindsay Menz claimed that Franken groped her buttocks at the Minnesota State Fair while her husband took a photograph of the two of them together. She said th incident made her feel "gross," CNN reported. In response, Franken stated to CNN that he did not recall the incident but said he felt "badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected."
On Sunday, Franken's spokeman denied that Franken will resign and said that the liberal senator will spend time on Thanksgiving Day “reflecting” with his family.
Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.