GOP pol to exit amid probe
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.