March 20, 2018

Arizona's Trent Franks Expected to Resign

08 December 2017, 01:46 | Taylor George

NATION-NOW Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to resign Arizona Rep. Trent Franks to resign

NATION-NOW     Arizona Rep. Trent Franks expected to resign     
       Arizona Rep. Trent Franks to resign

Franks told reporters he would release a statement explaining his decision to step down.

Franks told Roll Call that a statement would be forthcoming.

The congressman did not confirm or deny any plans to resign. The Republican said the congressman had apparently been making plans to run for Senate in 2012, but abruptly canceled those plans.

Also, Republic columnist Laurie Roberts' take on the breaking news is here.

"Half of all black children are aborted", Franks infamously said in 2010.

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Franks was seen huddling with fellow Republicans on the floor of the House Thursday, in what appeared to be a prayer circle.

"I'll let the statement speak for itself", he said off the House floor.

On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., resigned effective immediately.

The 60-year-old conservative stalwart was elected to the House in 2002.

Trent is now serving his eight term in Congress - he was first elected in 2002. He made his fortune in the oil business and also founded a socially conservative think tank. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race Solid Republican. His departure had not been expected, and one of the consultants said Franks was leaving on Thursday.

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