Stephanie Kemplin, an Army veteran, came forward to say that Franken groped her in a photo during a USO tour, while she was serving in the War in Iraq.
There were allegations from back home in Minnesota, including from one woman who said Franken groped her and suggested they go to the bathroom together at a fundraiser in Minneapolis.
Politico’s story detailed the account of a woman, a former aide to a Democratic congressman, who said Franken tried to forcibly kiss her after a taping of Franken’s radio show in 2006.
The woman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Franken claimed it was his “right as an entertainer.”In the 11 o’clock hour Wednesday morning, a cascade of Senate Democratic women, led by Sen.
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, called for Franken to step down.
Hours later, 28 Senate Democrats, the chair of the Democratic Party, and two members of Minnesota’s U. House delegation had statements out calling for Franken’s resignation.
On the House side of the Capitol later Wednesday, some Minnesota Democrats balanced sadness and relief at what looked to be an impending Franken departure. That view, however accurate, will have to be reconciled with the allegations that forced him from the Senate.