Trent Franks says he asked two female employees to be surrogates:https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/938914585352069120Thinking there's probably more to this story.Also I can't fucking wait for the inevitable Federalist article about how it's a Very Good and Capitalist Thing to pay young women to have your baby.
Arizona Rep. Trent Franks allegedly made unwanted advances toward female staffers in his office and retaliated against one who rebuffed him, according to House GOP sources with knowledge of a complaint against him.The allegations, which reached Speaker Paul Ryan and top GOP leaders in recent days, led to Franks' sudden resignation this week. Franks originally announced that he would resign on Jan. 31, 2018. But just hours after POLITICO inquired about the allegations, he sped up his resignation and left office Friday.The sources said Franks approached two female staffers about acting as a potential surrogate for him and his wife, who has struggled with fertility issues for years. But the aides were concerned that Franks was asking to have sexual relations with them. It was not clear to the women whether he was asking about impregnating the women through sexual intercourse or in vitro fertilization. Franks opposes abortion rights as well as procedures that discard embryos.A former staffer also alleged that Franks tried to persuade a female aide that they were in love by having her read an article that described how a person knows they're in love with someone, the sources said. One woman believed she was the subject of retribution after rebuffing Franks. While she enjoyed access to the congressman before the incident, that access was revoked afterward, she told Republican leaders.
Does this change the minimum number of votes Republicans need?
"The Democratic Party has implemented a zero tolerance standard," Ramsey said in the statement. "For me, that means a vindictive, terminated employee's false allegations are enough for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to decide not to support our promising campaign. We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of careful analysis, nuance and due process."DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly responded via in a statement, saying that "members and candidates must all be held to the highest standard.""If anyone is guilty of sexual harassment or sexual assault, that person should not hold public office," Kelly said.
The woman told the committee that Greitens had led her down to the basement, taped her hands to pull-up rings, blindfolded her, spit water into her mouth, ripped open her shirt, pulled down her pants and took a photo without her consent.He threatened to make the photos public if she ever told anyone about their encounter, and called her "a little whore," the woman told lawmakers.After her hands were freed, she said she felt she had no other choice but to perform oral sex if she was going to get out of the basement.The woman and Greitens had several sexual encounters over the next few months in 2015, she testified. Some were consensual. Others were not.On at least three occasions he hit her.The explosive allegations were among the findings of the bipartisan investigative committee of the Missouri House that has been looking into allegations of wrongdoing against the Republican governor. The committee also interviewed two of the woman's friends who say she told them a similar story at the time, as well as the woman's ex-husband.The committee - five Republicans and two Democrats - concluded that the woman's testimony is credible.Republican legislative leaders -- including House Speaker Todd Richardson and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard -- announced the report was enough to warrant a special session to consider disciplinary actions, including impeachment.Attorney General Josh Hawley later issued a statement saying Greitens' alleged conduct detailed in the report "is certainly impeachable," and he called on the governor to resign.