Trent Franks, "Mayor" of Washington D.C., Doesn't Hang Out With New "Constituents"

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Congressman Trent Franks' other constituents tyring to get his attention.
Congressman Trent Franks -- the "self-appointed Mayor" of Washington D.C., as an area advocacy group calls him -- didn't really want to meet with his new-found "constituents."

As you may recall, a group called "DC Vote" isn't quite pleased Franks -- the Arizona Congressman -- is taking it upon himself to try to tell the District of Columbia what its laws ought to be. (Of course, Franks' bill is for tighter abortion regulations.)

DC Vote decided to invite their new "mayor" to head up a constituent service day to address other problems in the District, but the group has informed us Franks didn't play ball.

DC Vote says more than 50 residents showed up with their concerns, but Franks locked the doors to his office.

The group wanted Franks to help out with pot holes, broken street and traffic lights, issues with street signs, problems with trash/recycling pick-up, permit issues, problems with car registration, the need for bike lanes, and other issues the constituents felt were more important to them than Franks' attempt to limit abortions past 20 weeks in the District.

"We are surprised that 'Mayor' Franks chose to avoid his DC constituents," DC Vote executive director Ilir Zherka says. "Mr. Franks likes to talk about his Constitutional responsibility to manage District affairs, and now that we are at his doorstep asking for assistance, he has decided to ignore that responsibility."

To displease the District's residents even more, during a hearing on Franks' bill -- the "District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" -- Franks and other Republicans blocked the District's only member of Congress from speaking on the matter.

Below is a map of the part of the United States that Franks represents in Congress, and perhaps not surprisingly, the District of Columbia doesn't quite fall within the boundaries.

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Oma
Oma

Arizona arrogance once again.  How embarrassing for those of us who live in this beautiful state!   Time to clean house Arizona, time to throw out the shit.  

Guesto
Guesto

Matthew: I hope you read these responses to your article. It's the "Mayor of DC" part that piqued my interest and wonder if you know about this.

Right now, in DC, there is an ongoing federal investigation and plea agreements etc. regarding now Mayor Gray and payments made to keep a straw candidate for mayor, Sulemon Brown, in the race as a way to attack then Mayor Fenty and to keep trying to divide the vote to 'conquer' and win the mayorship. Gray did go on and win.

This situation mirrors the Pearce / Cortez debacle back when Cortez was being backed by the Pearce machine to water down the recall vote. Why, in DC, do they press these investigations while in Arizona they just let old Pearce and his crony army do another teflon dance and get away scott-free. The prison term for such antics can be as much as thirty years.

Why oh why do politicians get away with this in Arizona? How do they do it???

Miguelobrien
Miguelobrien

I will bet you that his hairlip was fixed by socialized medicine.  He was a foster or something child.  Of course, he is angry and wants to get even.  Is he of the church that i am thinking of?  I ask unto you.

Ross
Ross

How many generations will it take for Franks' descendants to outlive the shame?

StopTheHate
StopTheHate

Is everyone in Arizona insane? Is there something wrong with your water supply?  Brewer, Arpaio, Franks, Pierce, Maricopa County.... Seriously!!!

CleanAZRivers
CleanAZRivers

My Mr. Franks should worry about all the naked sluts in Havasu, and Parker, in his real district and stop telling the good people in DC how to live there lives. What an asshole.

Coz
Coz

Trent Franks is nothing but a slug. Just another worthless politician.

Okcoral
Okcoral

There is something wrong with the town of Tombstone's water supply and it happens to be the federal government....

Slutsareus
Slutsareus

Do you have something against sluts? Plus, they won't be in his district much longer due to redistricting.

Nicholsdaves
Nicholsdaves

I once saw Trent Franks giving an intrview to a reporter, Franks began one of his sentences to the reporter; "I say unto you --"

Franks thinks he is Christ.

Slug?, or just a Wingnut pushing his religeous beliefs on everyone else?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 Tombstone has a lot of water - unfortunately the residents there decided a long time ago that they could ignore water quality issues in favor of mining issues and therefore there is arsenic in their water.  You must be one of them Tea Baggers who think PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY only applies to others.  I'd say the City of Tombstone needs to live with its decision and stop trying to suck off the Federal Government's tit.

Coz
Coz

Both for sure.

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