UPDATE: Rep. Trent Franks resigned on Thursday evening.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is expected to resign his seat, according to a report by the Arizona Republic newspaper. According to the Roll Call news website, Franks said, "We will have a statement a little bit later, but that’s all I can tell you right now." Franks added, "The statement will explain."
After leaving the floor of the House of Representatives, Franks told reporters, "I’ll let the statement speak for itself."
A conservative, Franks has served in Congress since 2003. There are reports that Franks has been accused of inappropriate behavior.
The news came on the same day that Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota said he would resign in a few weeks, in response to multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Twenty Democrats in the Senate demanded his resignation. Also, Democratic Representative John Conyers of Michigan -- the longest-serving member of the House -- resigned on Tuesday after accusations of sexual harassment were leveled against him. Conyers denied the allegations, while Franken said some of the accusations against him were untrue and he remembered other incidents differently from his accusers.
On Thursday evening, a group of conservative Republican colleagues huddled with Franks on the House floor and prayed with him. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told CNN that a statement is coming out soon. Franks, a self-styled "conservative, Reagan Republican," has focused especially on abortion. He supported President Donald Trump last year's election, even after the "Access Hollywood" tape, by saying Trump's words did not compare to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's support of abortion rights.
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.