GOP pol to exit amid probe

New York Post - - NEWS - Marisa Schultz

Repub­li­can Rep. Trent Franks of Ari­zona, un­der scru­tiny for re­port­edly ask­ing two fe­male staffers if they would bear his child as sur­ro­gates for him and his wife, an­nounced on Thurs­day that he would re­sign next month.

Franks (in­set) said in a state­ment that he and his wife had “long strug­gled with in­fer­til­ity,” but he con­ceded his talk about sur­ro­gacy made the women feel “un­com­fort­able.”

Al­though it was un­clear in Franks’ state­ment, The Washington Post re­ported that he had asked the staffers if they would serve as sur­ro­gates.

The House Ethics Com­mit­tee said it was look­ing into whether “Franks en­gaged in con­duct that con­sti­tutes sex­ual harassment.”

Franks and his wife had twins in 2008 via sur­ro­gacy, but while he was fa­mil­iar with it, “I clearly be­came in­sen­si­tive as to how the dis­cus­sion of such an in­tensely per­sonal topic might af­fect oth­ers,” he said.

He in­sisted he’s leav­ing only be­cause he couldn’t get a fair hear­ing.


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