Because of the determination and hard work of Media Equalizer (MEQ) founders Melanie Morgan and Brain Maloney, eight women Senators, all Democrats, have demanded that fellow lawmaker, Al Franken (D-MN), resign amid a number of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations. Morgan, Maloney, and a handful of Bill Clinton’s accusers stormed Franken’s Washington, DC office last month asking him to step down.

“This is a positive step for all women in the US Senate to step forward and call for Al Franken’s resignation. This is exactly what the Media Equality Project demanded last week when I and survivors of Bill Clinton’s harassment stormed Franken’s office last Wednesday. He cowered in his office then, and I expect he will only go kicking and screaming. We will see this job to the finish line,” said Morgan.

“Enough is enough,” said New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She was joined by Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patty Murray (D-WA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), who issued a joint statement.

 

 

Requesting Franken to resign took long enough, and where was the GOP? “What took them so long? Why did Democrats wait until a half dozen accusers had come forward before speaking out? And where was the Republican leadership this entire time,” said Maloney.

Franken has since apologized, but his words rang hollow. He is scheduled to make an unspecified statement tomorrow.

Clinton accusers Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, and Leslie Millwee joined Morgan and Maloney in DC. Blanquita Cullum, who helped MEQ organize the trip was also there. “This is really ugly business that’s been conducted on the public’s dime. Americans should hold themselves to a higher standard especially our public officials. We have a choice as to how we want our Country governed and it needs to be better,” she said.

Broaddrick and Millwee were thrilled with the developments. “That’s absolutely awesome. It was long overdue. At last our efforts worked, and we were successful in forcing this man to leave office. I want to thank everyone who helped, especially The Media Equality Project which organized our trip,”Broaddrick said.

“Demanding and GETTING this resignation from Franken is a testament to the power of women. Women who stood up to the sexual assaults and abuse by saying ‘no more!’ I am proud to be be part of Media Equalizer’s efforts and watch his demise with my fellow friends who have been victimized for many years. Victory is sweet!,” said Millwee.

***UPDATE***

In the last few hours the number of Senators calling for Franken to step down has more than doubled and includes Dick Durbin (D-Il) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

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