AZ’s U.S. Rep. Trent Franks resigns: Loss will be incalculable & Update

December 8, 2017

#MeToo has reached into the sordid abuse bag and pulled out an absurdity culminating in the resignation of U.S. Rep. Trent Franks

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, a self-identified “conservative Reagan Republican,” who has served in Congress since 2003, has revealed  he recently learned the House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation of complaints brought against him by two former staffers. Do we know their names?  Of course not. But they have jumped on the “take ‘em down” bandwagon that is cutting a wide swath through political, entertainment and business entities leaving suits in its path.

Are all men saints? Of course not. Sen. Al Franken, actor Kevin Spacey, mogul Harvey Weinstein and their ilk are ‘poster child’ proof.  But allegations brought by publicly undisclosed sources long after the incidents are alleged to have taken place, and swift judgment calls resulting in expulsion minus an unbiased day in court should trouble any fair minded person. House Speaker Paul Ryan wasted no time in calling on Franks to resign. Look for Ryan to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Senate President Mitch McConnell to try to block seating Judge Roy Moore if he wins the Alabama senate race Tuesday. Make no mistake, these judgments are a referendum on President Trump and Judge Moore. Impeached former President Bill Clinton, who finally admitted (video) having a sexual relationship with a White House intern, and was previously accused of rape, remains a Democrat icon.

Franks, a staunchly pro-life and child advocate, and his wife, had long-standing fertility problems and were unable to conceive a child. Using a surrogate resulted in the birth of healthy twins. Trent Franks discussed the issue of surrogacy with the former staffers, who took offense — in a big way.

Read Congressman Franks letter of resignation.

Our usual method of providing a biography would be with a link. Due to the fact that Congressman Trent Franks will be leaving office at the end of January 2018, his bio will no longer be available. We are taking the unusual step of printing it here in its entirety to illustrate his longtime commitment to children and their issues:

Full Biography

     “Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative, Reagan Republican, and is currently serving in his eighth term in the United States Congress. Trent serves on the House Judiciary Committee, in the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and in the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, where he is the outgoing Chairman. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, serving in the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, and is the Vice Chair of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee. Trent Co-Chairs the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus as well as the Congressional Caucus on Adoption, the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, and the International Religious Freedom Caucus.

     He is the Chairman of the National Security Working Group for the Republican Study Committee, taking the lead among the conservative members of Congress on issues relating to national security. Trent co-chairs both the Missile Defense and the Electromagnetic Pulse Caucuses; he leads efforts to reduce national security vulnerabilities in our electric energy grids and to increase America’s missile defense capability against all enemy missile threats including those potentially launched by jihadists seeking to bring nuclear terrorism to America. Trent firmly believes the foremost responsibility of our federal government is to provide for our nation’s common defense. He is also a staunch advocate of Israel, serving as the co-chairman of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.

Trent has spent most of his life working on children’s issues and trying to build a better future for all children. Trent was the author and principal proponent of the Scholarship Tax Credit which was upheld in the Landmark Supreme Court decision Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn in 2011. This policy is now in nine states and has provided billions of dollars from the private sector for hundreds of thousands of scholarships to provide a better education for American children.

     Before he was elected to Congress, Trent served in the Arizona Legislature as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Child Protection and Family Preservation where he was a prime sponsor of nationally recognized bills designed to protect children and the family, including the “Child Obscenity and Pornography Bill” (which survived major challenges in the U.S. Federal District Court) and the “Dangerous Crimes Against Children Bill” which gave Arizona the strongest child protection laws in the nation.

     Trent was later tasked by the Governor of Arizona to provide oversight for all of Arizona’s state programs for children when he became the Cabinet level Director of the Arizona Governor’s Office for Children. He also served as Chairman of the Arizona State Children’s Cabinet as well as Chairman of the Inter-Agency Study Committee on Children and AIDS.

     Trent founded and served four and a half years as Executive Director of the Arizona Family Research Institute which is a non-profit organization associated with Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” for the purpose of advocating and advancing public policy to protect children and families in Arizona. Trent and his wife Josephine worked as Sunday School teachers for the one and two year olds in their Church Preschool Department for nearly 22 years. Because of his lifelong commitment to Children and Children’s issues, Trent was nominated “Children’s Champion” by Arizona State Legislators.

    Trent is a rare leader who still believes that people and principles should be at the center of political discourse in America. Trent believes the purpose of government is to protect the lives and Constitutional rights of the people. He works very hard in Congress for smaller government by cutting government waste, taxes, bureaucracy, and regulation. He believes in personal responsibility, strong national defense, free enterprise, protecting the innocent, and in the timeless truths and principles of the United States Constitution.  Prior to coming to Congress, Trent was a small business owner. After struggling to have children of their own for more than two decades, Trent and his wife Josie are now the deeply grateful parents of two precious Gifts of God; eight-year-old twins, Joshua Lane and Emily Grace.”

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This is what we’re losing based on claims of two shadowy women who say they were made to feel “uncomfortable” by Congressman Franks words. He should not resign over such foolishness.  But as Julius Caesar said,  “The die has been cast.” Arizonans and all Americans are lessened by losing the voice of this decent man in Congress.

 

Amid allegations he offered a staffer $5 million to act as a surrogate for him and his wife, carrying a pregnancy to term for them, Trent Franks has made his retirement effective Friday, Dec. 8,, rather than the previously reported Jan. 31, 2018 date. He and his wife have battled infertility problems throughout their marriage. Their twins were conceived via in vitro fertilization.

“Last night, my wife was admitted to the hospital in Washington, D.C., due to an ongoing ailment. After discussing options with my family, we came to the conclusion that the best thing for our family now would be for me to tender my previous resignation effective today, December 8th, 2017,” Franks said in a statement.

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Ex-AZGOP chair Graham chairs anti-Trumper’s campaign

December 4, 2017

Robert Graham, the former AZ GOP chairman, is not letting any grass grow under his feet. The McCain/Flake aligned Graham has found a new gig —- that of campaign chairman for Farhana Shifa —- who is running for a state House seat from Legislative District 18. (Click on her name, find her filing and then hit “more.”)

In this Dec. 2 post, Arizona Freedom Alliance provides some background on Farhana and her failed political prognosticator husband Raphael Ahmed, citing his comments that appeared in a March 23, 2016 Phoenix New Times article:

“Anybody but Trump can beat Hillary, and the only person who cannot beat Hillary is Trump,” said Raphael Ahmed, a Republican precinct committeeman for Legislative District 17. (This is not an error, Farhana and Raphael have since moved). The only way Trump would have a chance against Clinton is if he “backpedals everything he’s said.” Ahmed expressed concern about Trump’s stance toward immigrants and Muslims. He appreciates the methods of [former] state Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham, who ‘reached out’ to people in the Asian American community, like himself. Ahmed said he’s hoping this summer’s Republican convention will turn things around, but he admits it’ll be tough for a competitor like Cruz to catch up.”

Although Farhana Shifa refers to herself using the winning word “conservative” on her website, it’s clear she emerges from the same anti-Trump faction as Arizona‘s Senior Senator (ASS); his lame duck unable-to-win reelection sidekick Jeff Flake; and the former and current AZ GOP chairmen who go mute on the topic of President Trump. Their disconnect is odd, given the fact that in the Arizona GOP primary, Donald Trump carried Arizona by more than 20 percentage points, before winning the state in the General Election.

What remains a mystery is CD-5 U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs sharing top-billing duties with Robert Graham for Farhana Shifa’s Nov. 17, 2017 campaign kickoff event. 


We’ve been conned on “tax reform”

December 3, 2017

Republicans were so enthralled that President Trump was finally able to achieve a victory getting his signature tax reform measure passed, that we failed to see the big picture.

This was far more than a tax break for middle-income families, a simplification of the onerous federal tax filing, a repeal of the Obamacare mandate forcing Americans to buy health insurance, and a means of creating a level playing field for businesses, enabling them to return their off shore operations to the U.S. to provide jobs for American workers.

The senators were so proud of their 479-page bill, they voted on it in the dead of Saturday night when no one was looking. HR 1 passed by a 51 to 49 margin.

Tucked in among a limitation on wagering losses, repeal of deduction for alimony payments, repeal of the deduction for lobbying expenses,  dealing with rum excise taxes in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, the myriad “striking” this and “inserting” that, is the crème de la crème means of expanding the Democrat party —-  those alleging they were brought into the U.S. by their illegal alien parents when they were children. There is no means of verifying their claims, but their supporters don’t care about authentication. David Inserra, writing for Heritage Foundation has compiled an excellent analysis on the topic, noting that amnesty provides an incentive for more lawlessness.

Democrats and their mirror image Republicrats have said they won’t support a measure that doesn’t provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly a million so-called “Dreamers” in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, illegally put in place (brief video) by Barack Obama, who admits he had no authority to do so.

Our antenna should have been raised when Trump-hating John McCain and Jeff Flake voted in the affirmative. Amnesty for illegals is the glue that binds them.

Did you know that every single individual tax cut contained in the Senate bill is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2025? There is no permanence attached. Even if President Trump is elected to a second term, this date is outside of that time frame.

Pay attention, This deceptive bill is now headed to the House.


AZ Rep.Grijalva accused of drunkenness, hostile workplace

November 29, 2017

Secret settlement from hush fund revealed

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat representing Congressional District 3 has found himself in the spotlight for more than his radical leftist views.

According to The Washington Times, Grijalva is revealed to have settled a $48,395 “severance package” in 2015 with one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment.

The report details that while the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices.

The employment counsel negotiated a deal for taxpayers to provide nearly $50,000— five additional months’ salary — to the female aide, who left her job after three months. She didn’t pursue the hostile workplace complaint further.

This  arrangement appears to run counter to House rules that restrict severance packages, and it caught the eye of watchdogs who were already demanding answers about payouts in the wake of rampant sexual harassment complaints.

Victims are required to sign a confidentiality agreement before the matter can be resolved, which is why this payout was so easily swept under the rug.

Over the past 20 years Congress’ Office of Compliance has paid out $17.2 million to settle 264 complaints of sexual harassment and other workplace violations on Capitol Hill, The Washington Post reported. The funds used for the settlements and awards come from a special Treasury Department account established in 1995 for such payments — in other words out of our tax dollars.


US Rep. Andy Biggs recipient of insults — hurled by a jerk

November 9, 2017

Leftist columnist E.J. Montini can’t handle a principled stance 

Those who still read the Arizona Republic are all too aware of its descent into oblivion. Content is flimsy, engineered to appeal to the casual reader seeking entertainment and dining reviews who definitely doesn’t want to be taxed with major issues or the seniors who are the target of the multiple full page hearing aid ads or retirement community inducements. Local news is frequently written by ASU’s Cronkite journalism students who obviously need another semester or two under their belts. National events are filtered through the liberal lens of Associated Press. International issues appear in the USA Today insert. The Hillary-endorsing newspaper’s stock in trade has been its unswerving dedication to battering former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and President Trump.  The overarching policy is amnesty for illegals.

When an issue tugs at its leftwingism, out comes the multifaceted, in-tandem grinding machine including contrived reports, columnists, the cartoonist and the trusty fallback, the editorial page to inflict punishment on the offender.

Now there is a new target. U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs. Prior to being elected to congress in 2016, Biggs represented state Legislative District 22 — running unopposed —- and served as President of the Arizona Senate. Besides being a genuinely decent man, he’s bright. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies, he earned a Master’s degree in political Science, holds a Juris Doctorate, and was licensed to practice in three states before retiring from the practice of law to concentrate on politics. He and his wife have six children.

So what causes him to be the recipient of slings and arrows and held in enough contempt by a marginal, left-wing Republic columnist to be called a “toady” and a “loser“?

Biggs is a principled, conservative. He is also a first-term member of congress.  It’s clear the newspaper thinks it has a better shot at replacing him with a Democrat than more deeply entrenched AZ Congressman Trent Franks (R-CD8), leading to this opening salvo.

According to scrawny liberal columnist E..J. Montini, Biggs has crossed the line in joining with other Congressmen in calling on former FBI director Robert Mueller to acknowledge his obvious conflicts of interest and step down as special counsel in what has become known as the Russian probe.  As FBI director in 2010, Mueller bungled an investigation into Russian bribery and extortion resulting in a deal to purchase 0ne-fifth of the U.S. uranium resources, known as the Uranium One Deal. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was complicit in approving the nefarious deal. The Obama administration Justice Department sat on information for four years and silenced a whistle-blower who tried to alert Congress to the questionable activity.

Montini’s “loser” description is his attempt at sarcasm stemming from the fact that Biggs once won the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes, but is a political loser for challenging the integrity of an Obama administration official.


Establishment candidate Jeff Flake folds senate tent

October 24, 2017

There is nothing noble about this out of touch RINO leaving the senate. He takes his leave by continuing to bash Republican Pres. Donald Trump

The Arizona Republic calls Jeff Flake’s decision not to run for reelection to the U/S. Senate “a bombshell.” We call it prudent.  As we have repeatedly written in a sidebar topic titled, Jeff the Flake, Jeff Flake is disconnected to Arizona conservatives, winning the senate by only 3 percentage points in 2012. Open borders supporting Flake has been losing to conservative Dr. Kelli Ward in poll after poll.

The question is, where does the squish elite of the AZ GOP throw its support? Conservatives will support Ward. The RINO hacks in charge of the party apparatus, will blame her for Flake’s decision and likely look elsewhere — conceivably handing a victory to radical chameleon CD 9 U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.  A first term member of congress, she recently announced for the U.S. Senate. This soft campaign ad about a young military vet who committed suicide, shows her ability to facilely switch positions.

McCain clone Flake told the newspaper, “Here’s the bottom line — The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I’m not willing to take, and that I can’t in good conscience take. It would require me to believe in positions I don’t hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone.”

Jeff Flake was not averse tocompromising his positionsin 2011, when facing Arizona voters, he backtracked on his amnesty bent, terrifying the open border newspaper — but only until the ballots were counted.

This is how Breitbart News characterized the Flake exit.

Last month, Jeff the Flake was continuing to raise money while already having nearly $3 and a half million in his campaign coffers. Where will that cash go?


Poll: Jeff Flake in deep trouble with AZ voters

August 25, 2017

As Flake lags 14 points behind conservative Dr. Kelli Ward, desperation to retain senate seat leads to recrafting of his flaky image 

A recently released poll assessing Arizona’s 2018 U.S. Senate race does not bode well for rowdy Republicrat and first term incumbent Jeff Flake. Having done everything humanly possible to insult and demean Donald Trump—  from the onset of his presidential campaign through his first seven months in the White House — his has not been a wise course of action in a state where the president is popular with the Republican base.

Townhall reports on a statewide survey of likely Arizona voters conducted by the Arizona firm of High Ground which shows Flake lagging a serious fourteen points behind his primary Republican opponent Dr. Kelli Ward. In a contrived match-up with Democrat U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (CD-9), who has not opened a campaign, Flake is eight points behind. He’s worked diligently burnishing his liberal credentials and deserves the bottom-dragging numbers he’s earned.

Conservative Ward is a former two-term state senator and physician. Sinema launched her political career running unsuccessfully as a Green party candidate for the state House. She then tried her luck as a Democrat and fared much better.  In the intervening years, Sinema has cleverly modified her radical positions, altered her appearance and stopped bashing married women and our military, even appearing in a campaign ad sympathetically interacting with the parents of a fallen soldier.

Flake’s contemptible attitude toward President Trump, whom he publicly declared “Can’t win and shouldn’t win” the 2016 election. Since then, Flake has written a 140-page pamphlet masquerading as a book, with a title stolen from Barry Goldwater’s iconic book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” in which he does everything short of burning President Trump at the stake. His internecine battles have not missed the notice of RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who has chastised Flake for his antics. In signaling his support for Dr. Kelli Ward, President Trump tweeted, “Jeff Flake is “toxic and weak on borders.”

Worried that his pomposity will cost him the senate seat he so desires to keep, Flake tried the magician’s trick known as “misdirection,” Thursday on ‘Fox and Friends.’ His latest ploy is casting himself as “principled,” saying “I’ll continue to follow my principles” outrageously stating  he has helped President Trump on certain issues —  pointing to his vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Flake must be suffering from memory loss, but ours is keen. It was Jeff Flake, Obama’s global traveling companion and basketball teammate who personally accompanied Democrat Merrick Garland, Obama’s lame duck Supreme Court nominee, introducing him to senators, and saying “it was time to confirm him” to the high court.

Fortunately’ Donald Trump was elected President of the United  States — without the votes of Jeff Flake, John McCain and their families. As president, one of his first acts was to nominated Judge Neil Grosuch to fill the vacancy left by the unexpected death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch now sits on the U.S. Supreme Court despite Jeff Flake, not because of him.

You may have thought Fox was “all in” for McCain in 2010, wait until you see this “pander fest” featuring Brian Kilmeade with Arizona’s Junior Senator on what we’ll call, ‘Fox Befriends Jeff Flake.’ The verbal contortions Kilmeade goes through to try and help Flake are cringe-worthy and ridiculous. Watch it here. We suggest you eat afterwards.

Today we are reposting a link to the fact-filledSo you think you know Jeff Flake?  Think again.” It’s definitely worth taking time to review this weekend.