Senator Al Franken announced his resignation Thursday amid allegations that he inappropriately touched several women — a shameful exit for a rising star of the Democratic party.
“I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said. “Let me be clear, I may be resigning my seat but I am not giving up my voice.”
The dramatic announcement from the Senate floor comes one day after more than a dozen Democratic Senators, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer of New York, called for Franken to step down following allegations made by eight women.