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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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.


Reagan Foundation’s big blunder

November 16, 2017

Who are the decision makers?

Receiving an invitation to the Reagan Foundation and Institute to hear a speech on “Returning to the principles and purposes of a great national political party,” would certainly strike the right chord with conservatives. The event includes dinner in the Air Force One Pavilion following the program. Tickets are reasonably priced at $75 for the Nov. 27th soirée.

So what’s the catch?

The guest of honor.

He’s someone Arizonans know well as a crude, hot-tempered, erratic, scheming, ethically challenged individual, who has made a career of colluding with liberals, worked to purge conservative elected precinct committeemen from the AZ Republican Party and relentlessly hammers President Donald Trump. What he knows about principles would fit in a thimble.

President Ronald Reagan was a man of integrity, good humor and grace. He possessed a spirit of optimism with which he infused the nation. When giving his Jan. 11, 1989 farewell address, he spoke of the Shining City On A Hill.” It was impossible not to feel the pride in our country that he so richly articulated.

In this Oct. 27, 1964 speech, A Time for Choosing,” prior to Reagan’s own political career, he spoke on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign. It’s been viewed by nearly 2 million people.

This montage shows the good-humored Reagan at his best. What a contrast to the Nov. 27th guest!


Claims of sexual harassment reach fever pitch

November 12, 2017

McCain hypocrisy front and center

The newly virulent sexual harassment plague has hit the Arizona State Legislature and Yuma LD 13 Republican Rep. Don Shooter is the latest casualty. And we mean casualty. Mi-Ai Parrish, the publisher of the Arizona Republic, claims he insulted her. He’s dead man walking.

The symptoms are claims of leering eyes accompanied by a mouth capable of uttering perceived insults. As we have witnessed in Alabama with the obscene spectacle accompanying nearly 40-year-old claims now being leveled against former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore — currently poised to win the U.S. Senate seat — all hands are on deck to take him out.

Accusations of improprieties are all it takes for reputations to be ruined, jobs lost, and families destroyed. There is no recourse for the accused since the presumption of innocence until proven guilty doesn’t apply.

Politicians — hypocrite John McCain leads the pack —  line up to take whacks at the accused. Media outlets are unable to get their fill of the salacious tidbits, actual or manufactured. Headlines echo themselves day after day.

We don’t presume to know which reports are true and which are contrived.  But there is something disturbing about this scorched earth policy of calling for accused individuals to “resign now!” that has recently reached epidemic proportions. In criminal trials, the burden is on the prosecution to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That is obviously not the case when establishment politicians want to deny an office to a known conservative.

This rush to judgment brings to mind notorious cases, such as the fallacious rape claims made by Tawana Brawley against 6 innocent men. The hapless Duke University Lacrosse players suffered the same fate until exonerated. Anita Hill, whose lawyer was left-wing politico Janet Napolitano accused Clarence Thomas of harassment in a failed effort to keep him off the U.S. Supreme Court.  Each of those cases had a racial component, giving them even greater victimization status since the accusers were all black females. The reputations of the accused in those cases were irreparably damaged even after  their innocence was proven.

And speaking of McCain, the showboating fraud is all over the news again, railing against Pres. Trump for what McCain characterizes as appearing to accept the word of Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin regarding last year’s election interference.

When Barack Obama was brazenly interfering with the Israeli presidential election and operatives were sent to insure the defeat of Pres. Benjamin Netanyahu, where was McCain?  The usually loquacious McCain was silent.


Traitor Bergdahl given slap on the wrist for desertion

November 4, 2017

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who voluntarily deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, has received what amounted to a slap on the wrist for his abominable actions.  Despite the fact that Bergdahl caused serious harm to the lives of his fellow soldiers who went searching for him, military judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, has only demoted him and given him a dishonorable discharge. Bergdahl could have faced life in prison. The death penalty hasn’t been imposed for desertion since the 1940’s.

Barack Obama, president at the time, arranged a prisoner swap in 2014, to gain the release of deserter Bergdahl from Taliban captivity, approving an exchange of five high ranking Taliban militants being held at Guantanamo Bay. Obama’s decision triggered an intense backlash from soldiers who view Bergdahl as a traitor for abandoning his post.

Who can forget Obama’s meeting with Bergdahl’s parents (video) in the White House Rose Garden, where the traitor’s father, sporting an Islamic beard, spoke an Arabic message to his son and was hugged by Obama?

According to the Articles of the Military Code of Justice (UCMJ) unauthorized absence from the military falls under three articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ): Article 85, Desertion; Article 86, AWOL; and Article 87, Missing Movement. Of the three, desertion is the most serious offense.

 UCMJ is a federal law enacted by Congress that governs the military justice system. Its provisions are contained in United States Code, Title 10, Chapter 47.


MC Recorder Adrian Fontes tells voter to F-himself

November 3, 2017

You wouldn’t be alone if you’ve never heard of Adrian Fontes. The lawyer and political novice is Maricopa County‘s classy new Recorder, winning the election by a single percentage point over Helen Purcell who held the post for nearly 30 years. The office oversees elections and records documents.

Fontes not only wants to reconstruct the elections process within one of the nation’s largest counties, he is paring down polling places, sending all registered voters a mail-in ballot — regardless of whether or not they requested one and is hard at work reconfiguring voting precincts, consolidating them for what many believe to be nefarious purposes — giving the edge to Democrats.

On his bio page on the Recorder’s Office website, the word Democrat, in bold face type, follows his name as the third word on the site. He also informs Maricopa County voters that he is an “avid supporter of his community.”  Exactly which community is not defined, though Maricopa County, the fourth most populous county in the United States is far too large to be considered “a community.“  The fact that he plays in a mariachi band, could be a clue.

But it’s his mouth that is putting the liberal on the map. When a voter complained on Facebook about encountering difficulties with the ballot and mentioned that his mother was also having problems, Fontes, the father of three young daughters, blew a hole through the civility that voters have come to expect from the Recorder’s Office. He told the man, a fellow Democrat running for the state legislature, he could go “F-himself.” He then backed that response up by saying, “My response was not only appropriate but deserved,” saying he was defending the work of his staff.

After his coarseness made the news, Fontes later apologized to the candidate for the crude response. He said he took matters too far, and said he will try to do better. “Try” is a bit too iffy to count on from a boorish hothead like Adrian Fontes.

During his campaign, Fontes claimed to want to make the county recorder’s office “nonpartisan,” either by taking the vote from the people by making the elected post an appointed position or by deceptively concealing the party affiliation of candidates as the City of Phoenix does.

Since the word “Democrat” follows his name on his office bio, that pre-election blather has obviously gone by the wayside. It falls in the same category as open borders/amnesty proponent John McCain deceptively pledging tocomplete the danged fence.”


Phx’s tyrannical Mayor Stanton sabotages 1st Amendment

August 17, 2017

Wants to silence President Trump, shut down Aug. 22 Phoenix Convention Center rally

Feeling energized after arbitrarily deciding that a Phoenix street name he found offensive needed to go, though the longtime residents who lived there steadfastly petitioned to retain it, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is back, bat in hand.  This time he’s taking on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the President of the United States. This big, bad lawyer should know better, but his ego has swelled to the point of enveloping his brain. 

Liberal Democrat Stanton has now announced that he’s “disappointed” that President Donald Trump plans to rally supporters in Phoenix next week. “’It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit,’ Stanton said. In fact, Stanton ludicrously links the visit and request for the president to “delay his plans” to visit Phoenix “as the nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville.”

Leaving no room for doubt as to his skewed ideology Stanton adds that if Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Maricopa County sheriff Arpaio — now 85 years old and potentially facing a 6-month sentence for carrying out his duties — “then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide the nation,” ridiculously claiming  a “pardon would amount to an endorsement of racism.”  A federal judge ruled that Arpaio’s officers had racially profiled Hispanics, a charge Arpaio denied.

That’s the mantra of liberals, who have taken to heart Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s tactic ofnever allowing a serious crisis to go to waste.  He made the statement as chief of staff for Barack Obama.

Radical leftist CD 3 U.S. RepRaul Grijalva (read the linked Jerry Kammer exposé revealing his Saul Alinsky roots) will be leading a band of leftist protesters outside the Phoenix Convention Center. Grijalva once called for a boycott of Arizona, a job killer for his own constituents, many of whom work in the service industries.

Stanton is obviously laying the groundwork for grander ventures, having filed for the position of Secretary of State, often the gateway to the Arizona Governor‘s Office. At the beginning of the 2017-2018 reporting period, he was already sitting atop over a $ half million — $510,150.39, to be exact — though no current donors are listed. Equality Arizona, a local LGBTQ advocacy group, was the recipient of $1,000 for an event table.  Don’t be surprised if slippery Stanton ditches the SOS pursuit for an office with more heft.  He’s obviously covered all contingencies by naming his campaign “Stanton for Arizona.”

For a memory refresher, wander back to 2011 to see who Greg Stanton actually is.