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Casey joins Democratic senators calling for Franken to resign

Wes Venteicher
| Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, 12:45 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey joined a group of Democratic senators calling Wednesday for Sen. Al Franken to resign amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct by the Minnesota Democrat.

"I agree with my colleagues who have stepped forward today and called on Senator Franken to resign. We can't just believe women when it's convenient," Casey, of Scranton, wrote in a tweet posted just after noon.

CNN reported that Casey was the first male to join the group, which had grown to 14 senators by 1 p.m. The Senate has 46 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party.

The group of Democrats also includes Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a member of Democratic leadership and the highest-ranking woman in the Senate, along with Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Kamala Harris of California, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and others, according to the Associated Press. CNN said four other male Democrats had joined Casey as of 1 p.m.

The calls for Franken's resignation came after Politico reported that another woman accused Franken of sexual misconduct, adding to allegations that the Senate Ethics Committee is already investigating.

Franken called the latest allegation "categorically not true." Franken's office said he will have an announcement Thursday, though it did not elaborate, according to the AP.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer.

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