But on Wednesday, they decided that enough was enough.
Two local legislators are calling on U.S. Sen.
And by noon, their male colleagues expressed similar sentiments. Dick Durbin of IL - the Democratic whip - also called on Franken to resign just before 1 p.m. ET. "We can't just believe women when it's convenient", Casey tweeted.
"I have listened to them". To achieve lasting change, we will need to fight this everywhere on behalf of everyone by insisting on accountability and working to bring more women into leadership in each industry to fundamentally shift the culture. Ron Wyden of OR said: "I expect that Senator Franken will announce his resignation tomorrow". Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said today that he expects Franken to resign. It should have. Members of Congress, members of the Senate should not be treated differently than people in this country. For many women, including hourly workers in offices, stores, hotels, restaurants, bars, or on farms, with bosses who aren't famous enough to be held accountable publicly, calling out their abusers is still not an option.
The demands for Franken's resignation came after TIME magazine named the women who spoke out against harassment as their "Person of the Year". Hirono cited the TIME choice, which was announced earlier on Wednesday, in her statement.
Similar to other accusers' stories, Ms. Dupuy says Mr. Franken squeezed her buttocks while taking the picture.
In this latest accusation, Politico says that two former colleagues of the woman independently corroborated her version of events, including Franken telling her he had the right to try to kiss her because he was "an entertainer". "I look forward to fully cooperating with the ongoing ethics committee investigation".
The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating Franken following an account described by Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor on KABC radio in Los Angeles, which described Franken groping and forcibly kissing her during a USO tour in 2006, before Franken became a senator.