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franken's support fades as democrats call for resignation

washington — sen. al franken, his political career in shambles amid sexual misconduct allegations, lost the support of his democratic colleagues wednesday and faced new pressures to resign over what a fellow senator said was a "clear pattern" of abuse.franken's support in the senate crumbled after another woman emerged saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006, bringing to seven the number of women accusing him of sexual impropriety. more than a half dozen female democratic senators and some men called on him to resign.the minnesota democrat scheduled an announcement for thursday, and while his office didn't specify the topic, sen. ron wyden, d-ore., said he expected franken to resign at that time."i'm shocked and appalled by sen. franken's behavior," said sen. patty murray, d-wash. "it's clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. it's time for him to step aside.""obviously, there were new allegations today, and enough is enough," sen. kirsten gillibrand, d-n.y., told reporters. "we need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is ok, none of it is acceptable and we, as elected leaders, should absolutely be held to a higher standard."minority leader chuck schumer, d-n.y., did not immediately comment, but minority whip dick durbin, d-ill., was among those calling for franken to step aside.the demands came in rapid succession after franken on wednesday vehemently denied a new sexu...