It’s no accident that in the hours following this report, Democratic women serving with Franken in the Senate began calling for him to step down.
He was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the dean of the House, a living link to the civil-rights movement and the driving force behind a lot of liberal legislation.
Two Democratic lawmakers party leaders had called on to resign over their treatment of women were people of color: Conyers and Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev.
Thus on Wednesday, Gillibrand began the flood of Democratic women in the Senate calling on Franken to resign.
Compelling Franken to resign, however, increases pressure on Senate Republicans to follow through on pledges to investigate the charges against Moore and perhaps even expel him, despite the precedent expulsion for pre-Senate conduct would set.