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Durbin, Duckworth call on Franken to step down amid sexual harassment allegations

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Illinois' two Democratic senators are calling for embattled Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to step down after several women accused him of sexual harassment. 

"Senator Franken’s behavior was wrong. He has admitted to what he did. He should resign from the Senate," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in a tweet Wednesday.  

“I am deeply disappointed by Senator Franken’s behavior. He must step aside. To all those across America who have come forward to share their stories over the past few months: thank you. Your courage and strength in driving this long-overdue national conversation is awe-inspiring," said U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth. "As national leaders, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard—and we must lead by example to ensure every person is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans, it’s about our society. It’s about who we are as a people and the kind of country we want our daughters—and our sons—to grow up in.”

The Democratic calls for Franken's resignation come after a former aide accused the Minnesota Democrat of forcibly trying to kiss her after a radio show taping in 2006. Franken allegedly told her "It's my right as an entertainer" after she managed to duck his kiss attempt. 

Franken is scheduled to hold a press conference Thursday, where he is expected to announce his resignation. 

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