More than 30 Democratic senators — at least a third of them women — called on the former comedian to leave Congress, but the pushback those lawmakers are now receiving, even from women, reveals just how differently some women view the way lawmakers should respond to the sexual mistreatment of women.
Susie Tompkins Buell, a longtime donor to Democratic women senators …described the push for Franken’s departure as “unfair,” “cavalier” and somewhat politically motivated — “a stampede,” “like a rampage,” she said, speaking in stark terms about senators she has backed for years, naming Gillibrand in particular.
“They need to know that some of their biggest supporters are questioning why they did that,” Buell said. “We have to do things conscientiously and fairly. He didn’t have the chance to defend himself.”
Nearly 6 in 10 — 57 percent — of Minnesota women did not want Franken to leave office, according to a Public Policy Polling survey.
…“If we set this precedent in the interest of demonstrating our party’s solidarity with harassed and abused women, we’re only going to drain the swamp of people who, however flawed, still regularly vote to protect women’s rights and freedoms. The legislative branch will remain chockablock with old, white Republican men who regard women chiefly as sex objects and unpaid housekeepers, and we’ll show them how staunchly Democrats oppose their misogynistic attitudes by handing them more power.”