11,973. 12/6/2017

DEMS/POLITICAL FIGURES: “More than 30 of Al Franken’s Democratic colleagues urged him to quit the Senate after the rumble of new sexual-misconduct allegations left the former comic teetering on resignation.
The Minnesota senator’s office said he would make an announcement Thursday [12-7-17] about his future but pushed back against reports that he had already decided to resign after the avalanche of calls Wednesday for him to step down…
Mr. Franken’s statements had kept calls for his resignation at bay in a party that has made women’s rights a political priority and has heavily criticized Republican President Donald Trump for his alleged mistreatment of women, which he has denied. But the dam broke Wednesday under the weight of more allegations. First several women senators and then many others said it was time for him to go…
Should Mr. Franken resign, a successor would be appointed by Minnesota’s Democratic governor, Mark Dayton, and the seat would be subject to a special election in November 2018.”

-Natalie Andrews and Janet Hook, “Democratic Senators Call for Al Franken to Resign Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations,” The Wall Street Journal online, Dec. 6, 2017 07:35pm

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