A group of seven female former staffers for Sen. Al Franken (Minn.) defended the Democratic senator in a joint statement a day after their former boss was accused of sexual misconduct.
“Many of us spent years working for Senator Franken in Minnesota and Washington. In our time working for the senator, he treated us with the utmost respect,” the group said in a Friday statement.
“He valued our work and our opinions and was a champion for women in both the legislation he supported and in promoting women to leadership roles in our offices,” they continued.
The statement was signed by Katherine Blauvelt, Alexandra Fetissoff, Jessi Held, Natalie Violin Lehr, Karen Saxe, Charlotte Slaiman and Bethany Snider.
The statement comes a day after FOX radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent.
Franken has since apologized and called for an ethics investigation into his own behavior.
“I understand why we need to listen to and believe women’s experiences,” Franken said. “I am asking that an ethics investigation be undertaken, and I will gladly cooperate.”