How’d The Onion find Trent Franks?

An iconoclastically satirical website called The Onion runs this spoof on Arizona’s Second Congressional District Rep. Trent Franks.

Franks‘ own site is topped with this quote from essayist and transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau: “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

The Onion, not to be outdone, has a droll disclaimer at the bottom of its homepage, declaring it is “not intended for readers under 18 years of age.”

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11 Responses to How’d The Onion find Trent Franks?

  1. State Committeeman says:

    I don’t know about the satire, but after asking for half the take to keynote at the recent GOP fundraising event, Franks deserves an onion. Maybe two.

  2. AZ Andy says:

    Right, State Committeeman. An easy Google search turns up millions made by Franks in the oil business over the past few years. With that kind of bankroll already safely tucked away why is he taking money out of AZ GOP coffers? Makes no sense. Just a helping hand would be appreciated.

  3. GOP PC says:

    Franks has become quite a disappointment. He’s less a conservative than a seasoned politico. Seems to be in lockstep with the John/Jon McKyl contingent, making strange endorsements and giving every indication of mounting a challenge to Jeff Flake before inexplicably backing out. He’s doing the same veer that Shadegg did before bailing. I hope the reconfigured district lines will allow for a true conservative like Ron Gould to run for congress. Gould would never allow himself to be cornered by McCain or Kyl.

  4. Truthteller says:

    Hey GOP PC, Franks isn’t a true conservative? I mean, are you serious? Gould himself said he would never run against Franks because they agree on pretty much everything. As a precinct captain, I would expect you to be more responsible with your words.

    • Standing Tall says:

      Sorry, but you’re only telling half the truth, Truthteller. I agree with GOPPC on the twists and turns we see from Franks, who WAS considered solidly conservative. He’s clearly taking marching orders rather than staying the course he crafted for himself since his early days in the state legislature. He yielded to pressure and unnecessarily endorsed RINO John McCain over conservative JD Hayworth when he could have stayed out of the fray. He also endorsed a tool of the Chamber, Tony Bouie, a lifelong democrat (turned Republican less than a week before filing to run) who supported amnesty and resorted to race baiting in a legislative district race. Ditto with his endorsement of Vernon Parker who was up to his neck in legal troubles involving his deceit on an application for a “small business” loan. He received a contract worth $1.2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration for his “diversity” business based on falsehoods. This was reported well in advance of Franks’ endorsement of Parker over actual conservatives without the baggage of known dishonesty in that congressional race.
      Read this:
      http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2008/07/23/20080723biz-parker0724-ON.html

    • GOP PC says:

      Truthteller:
      Since you are so knowledgeable, you should also know that PC does not stand for “Precinct Captain.” It is a well used and well known abbreviation for “Precinct Committeeman.” There are usually several elected in each precinct (depending on an allotted number based on the past presidential voters). Those PC’s then elect a captain from among their ranks.
      Each precinct is allotted one PC plus one additional for every 125 voters or fraction thereof.
      Here is the AZ law regarding selection of precinct committeemen.

      http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/16/00821.htm&Title=16&DocType=ARS

      Why aren’t you a PC?

  5. JulieAnn says:

    One point you guys are missing is that the reason Franks is being attached is because he is one of the most conservative long-term members of congress we have at this point. And although we want new, non-career people in congress, seniority does have it’s advantages when working for Arizona issues. Congressman Franks is obviously getting under someone’s skin on the liberal side otherwise they wouldn’t bother with crap like this spoof.

  6. David Hunt says:

    you’re right JulieAnn- when are we going to stop shooting ourselves in the foot over ideological purity? The left dislikes Franks because he is conservative, and we need to embrace the good, not reject it (him) for being less than perfect.

    • AZ Consevative Guy says:

      David:
      You and JulieAnn both need to wake up and smell the coffee. Being rolled by a conservative is far worse than an expected clobbering by any ten liberals. Franks’ repeated wrongheaded actions have far exceeded any quest for “ideological purity.” I’m a conservative and I’m fed up with him. He also gave cover to the actions of invading illegals when he said if he were a Mexican, he’d swim the Rio Grande, also and outrageously repeated the liberal lie about breaking up families. If the families want to return to Mexico together, who is breaking them up? Should we stop the pretenses and just put out a welcome mat?

      This is from three long years ago, when Trent Franks couldn’t muster the courage to say that wrong is wrong and illegal is illegal:
      http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2008/08/21/20080821trentfranksimmigration08212008.html

  7. Maggie says:

    Perfect response, AZ Conservative Guy! You state facts and substantiate them, which is all the better. Trent Franks was always my favorite in the AZ congressional delegation. Now I view him with a wariness I never before had. And as pointed out in the comment above, this is not new, He’s caught the disease that eventually affects them all. It’s called “Banks of the Potomacitis.”