(CNSNews.com) – Several conservative leaders are calling on Sen. Al Franken (D.-Minn.), who has been accused of sexual hararssment, to resign from the Senate or be “expelled.”
“The picture of Al Franken assaulting a sleeping woman removes all doubt about his character,” Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America, told CNSNews.com. “If he refuses to step down, the people of Minnesota should not entrust him with the honor of being their representative in the U.S. Senate.”
David Bossie, president of Citizens United, told CNSNews.com, “If Senator Franken does not resign, he should be expelled by his colleagues without delay.”
“I absolutely believe Franken should resign and the sexual harassment slush fund should end immediately,” ForAmerica President David Bozell told CNSNews.com.
"Congress punting its problems to an Ethics Committee, with no end in sight, is a total joke,” said Bozell.
“It was ignoble of him to go back to work [Monday],” Catholic League President Bill Donohue in a statement. “Does he think that his support for legislation combating sexual abuse should not extend to him?”
“He has admitted to one act of sexual abuse, and is accused by three other women of violating them,” said Donohue. “Ironically, it was the Catholic Church that first instituted a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for abusers. And what did Franken do? He mocked it.”
“Now that Franken has proven that he has no integrity left, it is up to the Senate to show him the door,” said Donohue. “He is utterly shameless.”
Conservative talk-radio host Mark Levin said on his show on Monday, “Al Franken has no intention of resigning and he’s not going to be expelled. They’ll slap him on the wrist, he’ll apologize, and on he’ll go with his abusive tactics against conservatives, and on he’ll go with his trash talking on Trump and the administration and Sessions.”
“On he’ll go voting left-wing, left-wing, left-wing like nothing ever happened,” said Levin. “He’s incoherent about the whole thing. (Quoting Franken) ‘I don’t remember it the way Leeann does.’ Then what are you apologizing for? Then why did you ask for a Senate ethics investigation? You either confess or you deny.”
Colin Hanna, president of Let Freedom Ring, told CNSNews.com, “Surprise: hypocrisy and abuse of power are bipartisan disorders! Now let’s see if the news coverage of Franken, Conyers and Lauer is as intense as was the news coverage of Moore and Trump."
"I think that any reason for Al Franken to resign would be a good reason,” Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell told CNSNews.com.
Franken publicly apologized in a news conference on Monday, but said he was not resigning.
“I am embarrassed, I feel ashamed," Franken said, without saying what he was embarrassed or ashamed about.
”What I'm going to do is, I’m going to start my job,” he said. “I’m going to go back to work. I'm going to work as hard as I can for the people of Minnesota and I'm going to start that right now."