Shoes are dropping everywhere you look. Today, former comedian and Minnesota Senator Al Franken resigned from the Senate after a slew of allegations linking him to inappropriate touching. Earlier this week, Michigan congressman John Conyers resigned, as well. These Democratic resignations have ignited an angry chorus of voices demanding that President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who are credibly accused of doing much worse, also resign.
On the very same day, Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks just resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives effective January 31, 2018 amid allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” In a statement this evening, he said:
I have recently learned that the Ethics Committee is reviewing an inquiry regarding my discussion of surrogacy with two previous female subordinates, making each feel uncomfortable . . . I deeply regret that my discussion of this option and process in the workplace caused distress.
A Republican source told The Daily Beast today: “There’s been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012 . . . And if this turns out to be true there won’t be that many people who are surprised.”
Franks had planned to run for the Senate in 2012 and these new allegations suggest why he ultimately decided not to. Washington rumors suggest he may have been mulling an upcoming run for the more deliberative of the two congressional houses.
Rep. Franks stepping down for workplace misconduct comes as a sweet dose of poetic justice for liberals outraged at his harsh anti-LGBTQ and anti-choice stances. Just yesterday, he voted for the NRA’s vile Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that expands gun rights, the very first gun bill since the Las Vegas and Texas massacres.
A group of House Rs are on the house floor huddled in what appears to be a prayer circle with Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona. Including Tom graves, mark walker, Robert aderholt, Louie gohmert and Jeff Duncan.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) December 7, 2017
His fellow Republicans circled around him in prayer today before his impending announcement.
May their “thoughts and prayers” do just as much for Rep. Franks as they have for our nation’s innumerable victims of gun violence and sexual misconduct.