Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and fellow Democratic women senators

After Democrats successfully pressured Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers to leave office amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the GOP is facing growing pressure to apply the same scrutiny to its own members.
Political operatives and commentators argue that Democrats have seized the “moral high ground” on issues relating to sexual misconduct, and that spells trouble for the GOP.

After Democrats successfully pressured Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers, both powerful Democratic lawmakers, to leave office amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the GOP is facing growing pressure to apply the same scrutiny to its own members.

The calls for Franken to resign began shortly after a seventh female accuser came forward on Wednesday morning, alleging the former comedian attempted to forcibly kiss her in 2006. Female Democratic lawmakers led the charge calling on Franken to step down, releasing a barrage of statements and emphasizing the need for “zero tolerance” on sexual misconduct.

“Enough is enough,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a longtime advocate for survivors of sexual abuse.

Conyers, who alleged sexually harassed and assaulted former employees, bowed to pressure to retire on Tuesday.

As Democrats roll out their new zero-tolerance position on sexual misconduct, the party is positioning …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

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