New York Senator Chuck Schumer broke his day-long silence, joining the call for Senator Al Franken to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand initiated the call for resignation Wednesday morning.
In a matter of hours 13 female democratic senators and 18 men would join.
“I do not feel that he should continue to serve. everyone can make their own judgment. I hope they do make their own judgment,” said Gillibrand.
Gillibrand also wrote a lengthy post on Facebook.
She and Schumer both said they consider Franken a friend but she’s shocked and disappointed to learn about his behavior towards women calling it “unacceptable.”
“We are experiencing a sea of change in our culture that is long overdue, and we must continue working to do everything we can to prevent sexual harassment and assault,” said New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan.
Franken is expected to make an announcement Thursday.
Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders also echoed that Franken step aside.