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Leadership? Murphy Calls for Franken Resignation After 7th Accuser; Blumenthal Doesn’t At All

December 7, 2017 By Staff
Leadership? Murphy Calls for Franken Resignation After 7th Accuser; Blumenthal Doesn’t At All

Connecticut's senators are more than happy to lead on the anti-Trump front; confronting one of their own on sexual harassment? They're behind.

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) stood in the proverbial background of the Democrats’ Wednesday reckoning with Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who that morning was accused by a seventh woman of unwanted sexual advances.

Politico reported that a former congressional staffer was victim to Franken’s ‘forcible’ efforts to kiss her in 2006. The story led to a flood of senators, beginning with several female senators, calling for Franken’s resignation.

At least two dozen Senate Democrats – more than half of the 46-member caucus – had called for Franken’s resignation before Murphy weighed in.

Murphy’s short statement noted first that Franken “has denied some of these allegations and has the right to continue to seek a process through the Ethics Committee,” before affirming the “best course of action” is for him to step down.

If it was possible, the statement from Blumenthal was even weaker. Russell Blair of the Hartford Courant received Blumenthal’s statement, which refused to call on Franken to resign.

Neither senator used their powerful Twitter feeds to call for Franken’s resignation, instead opting to place press releases on their websites or send them to reporters.

UPDATE, 1:20pm: Blumenthal released a statement following Franken’s resignation saying it was the “right decision.”