New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley called on fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign after two more women came forward Thursday accusing the Minnesota senator of sexual misconduct.
Six accusers have come forward about Franken’s conduct.
Crowley, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, is one of the highest-ranking Democrats to call for Franken’s resignation, according to Politico. He also condemned Michigan Rep. John Conyers, also a Democrat.
The comments come hours after the two additional women came forward to accuse Franken of sexual assault. Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin accused him of groping her breast in 2003, and a former New England elected official accused him of forcing her into a “wet, open-mouthed kiss.”
“I think it’s time for Sen. Franken to go,” Conyers told Politico. “In my opinion I think it’s time for John to resign. And I think under the circumstances, given the new revelations about the senator as well, I think it’s time for both of them to go.”
California Democratic Rep. Nanci Pelosi also condemned Conyers, but received push back from his lawyer, who accused her of racism. Crowley avoided the same criticism, but is now one of few Democrats who openly oppose Franken. No Democrats in the Senate have called for his resignation.
Kemplin, one of Franken’s new accusers, claims he groped her while posing for a photo during his tour with the United Service Organizations in 2003, when he was a comedian.
“When he put his arm around me, he groped my right breast. He kept his hand all the way over on my breast,” Kemplin told CNN. “I’ve never had a man put their arm around me and then cup my breast. So he was holding my breast on the side.”
Another new accuser, the woman from New England, spoke to Jezebel on condition of anonymity, saying she wanted her name associated with her accomplishments.
“I reached out my hand to shake his. He took it and leaned toward me with his mouth open. I turned my head away from him and he landed a wet, open-mouthed kiss awkwardly on my cheek,” She said. “I was stunned and incredulous. I felt demeaned. I felt put in my place.”
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