Dem senator: Calling for Franken’s resignation is a ‘distraction’

Dem senator: Calling for Franken’s resignation is a ‘distraction’
Mazie Hirono (Image: Grabien video screen grab)

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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said Tuesday it is a “distraction” to call for Sen. Al Franken’s (D-Minn.) resignation in the wake of allegations he groped two women without their consent.

“I think that that is a distraction to be talking about resignation, because what’s really at the bottom of this whole issue of sexual harassment is that it is pervasive in our culture,” Hirono said on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily.”

Two women have accused Franken in the last week of groping them without their consent. Radio broadcaster Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her while the two were on a USO tour in 2006, before Franken was elected.

Lindsay Menz on Monday alleged Franken groped her during a photo op in 2010.

Franken has apologized for both incidents, and agreed to cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.

Most lawmakers have called for an ethics investigation into Franken. Hirono said Tuesday she believes it’s appropriate to let the investigation play out.

“I’m glad that this is coming to the fore now because myself and every woman that I know has endured sexual harassment of one sort or another,” Hirono said.

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