Amid accusations of sexual misconduct from at least eight women, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced Thursday that he plans to resign.
It will be up to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) to appoint Franken’s replacement. The appointee would join Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and serve until November 2018.
More than 20 Democratic members of the Senate had publicly called for Franken’s resignation, along with several progressive organizations like NARAL Pro-Choice America, CREDO and UltraViolet ― some of which called for a progressive woman to take Franken’s place.
Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, told HuffPost, “Gov. Mark Dayton should strongly consider replacing him with a progressive woman, preferably a progressive woman of color.”
STATEMENT: Sexual harassment & assault have no place in the progressive movement or in our society. @SenFranken had the chance to take full responsibility & he failed. Sen. Franken should resign from the Senate. @GovMarkDayton should appoint a progressive woman to replace him. pic.twitter.com/bgSvmwi9Td
— CREDO Mobile (@CREDOMobile) November 20, 2017
We agree. Senator Franken should step aside. We support and believe the women who are coming forward with their stories. We need to immediately work towards systemic change so that behavior like this is not tolerated in the United States Congress or anywhere else. https://t.co/D3Mur6TICu
— NARAL (@NARAL) December 6, 2017
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again.
We believe women. We believe the now seven women who have accused Sen. Al Franken of sexual assault and harassment.
Senator Franken should have resigned weeks ago.https://t.co/2K3jllOZOO
— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) December 6, 2017
A likely pick for Dayton is Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. However, she’s not expected to run in 2018, which would set up a wide-open Democratic primary.
Here are some potential candidates who could take Franken’s place.