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sen. al franken plans a morning announcement on the senate floor

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sen. al franken plans a morning announcement on the senate floor

washington – democratic party leaders united wednesday in calling for sen. al franken to resign from the u.s. senate, an extraordinary rebuke to the minnesota democrat as he faced a new allegation of sexual harassment.franken planned to make an announcement about his future thursday morning on the senate floor. a top democratic official told the star tribune that franken planned to resign, but the senator’s staff insisted no final decision had been made.it was clear that franken’s political career was hanging by a thread, as a wave of democrats throughout the day — first female senators, followed by many male colleagues and then other party leaders, said it was time for him to step down from the seat he’s held since 2009.“i believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve,” new york sen. kirsten gillibrand, the first of franken’s democratic colleagues to come out against him, posted on facebook.if franken resigns, dfl gov. mark dayton will appoint a temporary replacement. a high-ranking democratic source told the star tribune that the likeliest replacement is lt. gov. tina smith, a close dayton ally who would not be expected to run for the seat in an ensuing special election in november 2018. dayton is expected to move quickly if franken resigns.franken’s day started when another woman stepped forward with allegations of u...