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Trent Franks is literally useless to the district that elected him

Trent Franks was elected in 2002 to replace retiring Congressman Bob Stump. There was, as usual, a lot of noise, a lot of pomp, and a lot of circumstance surrounding his campaign. And, also as usual, all that noise signified nothing - as evidenced by the unarguable fact that Trent Franks has done absolutely nothing for District 2 since he first conned people into electing him.

According to the U.S. Library of Congress, Trent Franks has sponsored 16 bills since Jan 7, 2003 of which NONE have made it out of committee and NONE were successfully enacted.


  • Of those 16 bills, SEVEN of them are repeat bills that he has resubmitted word-for-word every two years, changing on the year in the name of the bill's title.

  • Of those 16 bills, Franks failed to convince even one other Republican to co-sponsor SIX of them.

  • Of those 16 bills, ONE would have had even a remote relevance and impact to District 2.

  • Here is the list of Franks' 16 failed bill proposals.

Franks has missed 106 roll call votes since Jan 7, 2003.

In February of last year, Franks said abortion is worse than slavery and that African-Americans were better off under slavery than they are today: "Half of all black children are aborted. Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery."

Trent Franks voted against the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill (H.R. 2642) which would have made it easier for returning military veterans to go to college.

What was the last thing that Franks that actually, directly benefited District 2? On July 22, 2004, Franks co-sponsored House Resolution H.R. 4837, "The Military Construction Appropriations Act of 2005″ which obtained $7.3 Million in federal funding to build the Litchfield Underpass, which ultimately cost more than $28.4 Million after "budget over-runs and unforeseen expenses."

What was Franks voting on TODAY instead of anything that even remotely has anything to do with District 2? He voted in favor of a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery to the State of North Carolina; and he voted in favor of a bill to designate a Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.

I wonder how many local jobs those bills created for District 2 residents.

Franks even voted against HR 946: "The Plain Writing Act of 2010," which sought to enhance citizen access to Government information and services by establishing that Government documents issued to the public must be written clearly, concisely and with as little convolution as possible. Why would a sitting U.S. Representative vote AGAINST a bill that would make the laws Congress passes more transparent and easier for the common taxpayer to understand?

Franks said it was "Because the bill is superfluous and it's simply not something we should waste time on when there are far more urgent problems facing America."

I guess Trent Franks' idea of "urgent problems" include forming a federal exploratory committee to gauge residual radiation in the Mohave Desert left over from World War II bomb testing, turning parcels of land in the Mohave Valley into a shooting range, and the ever-so-critical issue of authorizing the U.S. Capitol Rotunda for a "Being Untouchable" photography exhibit which "highlights different aspects of the social exclusion, resilience, and extraordinary spirit of the Dalit community in India, and for a ceremony in honor of the exhibition."

And should it come as any surprise that Franks was one of the very first Republicans in Congress to sign up for the multi-billionaire Koch Brother's privately funded "Congressional Civil Justice Caucus Academy" offering members of Congress and their staff free meals, gifts and trips in order to "educate" the lawmakers on controversial pro-business reforms.

Trent Franks is as useless to District 2 as a lead paint salesman is to a class of kindergarten students.

Posted by Gary St. Lawrence at October 25, 2011 2:10 AM
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Comment #331010

Kinda like the other 534 we have occupying seats in DC.

Posted by: KAP at October 25, 2011 9:33 AM
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Franks saving grace is probably that he is a Republican rather than a Democrat. The story is the same for many Democratic and Republican politicians.

It is amazing how money can make politicians forget all about their districts and their country.

The key to creating a corporate oligarchy is money. Money to buy the politicians, money to buy the media, money to produce the propaganda which convinces enough to support the oligarchy.

This would make a good book, How Partisanship Helped Transform America Into A Third World Country.

When people say the media is liberal biased, they are not lying. Neoliberal, liberal, what is the difference? Apparently, there is little difference. What is the difference between a conservative and a neoliberal? Apparently, there is little difference between a conservative and a neoliberal.

I guess we can thank our lucky stars that one of Obama’s campaign promises was transparency.

The proper way to judge a politician is to judge what the politician promises rather than what he delivers on. We have to keep it in mind that our politician is the good guy and the other politicians are the bad guys, unless our politician happens to be in the other party, then obviously, our politician one of the bad guys.

Posted by: jlw at October 25, 2011 11:05 AM
Comment #331031

Why don’t the voters remove Trent Franks? There nust be something about him that they like. He has ben re-elected 4 times.

Posted by: Mike at October 25, 2011 6:07 PM
Comment #331036

He’s a Republican in a heavily Republican district.

If another Republican comes along who’ll appeal to the masses more, Franks will be out on his useless @ss.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at October 25, 2011 7:45 PM
Comment #331060

I know that you are attempting to make the case that Franks is worthless, due solely to the limited number of sponsored bills, but that is not the only measure of a congressmen.

Sometimes (and specifically in this case) his voting record on bills which he did not sponsor can show he has done more than ‘absolutely nothing’ in his representation of district 2. So, evidently, “the unarguable fact that Trent Franks has done absolutely nothing for District 2 since he first conned people into electing him,” is not only arguable, but completely refutable.

Frank’s Voting Record

Posted by: adam at October 26, 2011 11:31 AM
Comment #331083

Yep, I for one am glad the Republicans in Congress are there for us Americans and voting for…….wha, no!!!! A whole slew of useless anti-abortion CRAP?????? When millions (ok, tens of millions) of Americans are out of work?????? With MILLIONS of families out of the homes that were foreclosed on them????????

I’m honestly surprised that those corrupt pieces of dirt don’t have an approval rating LOWER than 9%. Which incidentally, is LOWER than the approval rating the king of England enjoyed among Americans when we declared ourselves free of an older tyranny.

Posted by: steve miller at October 26, 2011 9:09 PM
Comment #331091

And what did the Democrats do for the 2 years prior to the republicans taking the house? O I know Steve NOTHING but making back room deals for a HC plan that a majority of Americans don’t want. And you call republicans corrupt pieces of dirt. Lets just say both sides are useless.

Posted by: KAP at October 26, 2011 11:27 PM
Comment #331093
KAP - in his usual “Yeah but look what the Democrats are doing” motif - wrote:

And what did the Democrats do for the 2 years prior to the republicans taking the house?


Get some new material, will you, please? Your constant blame-deflection at the Democrats is getting really, really old.

But let’s play your game for a minute: What did the Republicans do for the DECADES prior to the Democrats taking the house?

They spent like drunken sailors, giggled and profited from sending other people’s children to fight a war they didn’t have the balls to fight themselves, started two multi-trillion-dollar wars based on bald-faced lies, and sent the nation into a national panic over a blowjob.

Yeah, your party just has oodles to be proud of.

This thread is about how useless Trent Franks is.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at October 27, 2011 2:42 AM
Comment #331099

Steve Miller-

all I can assume is that you saw the Abortion section and became upset, before really going through the bulk of the record. The section’s are split into categories, and ‘A’bortion just happens to be alphabetically first. Then, when you look at the dates you realize that only 5 of those bills have taken place since the economic recession began. With three fifths of those being amendments offered to obamacare. That doesn’t sound so out of touch when you actually look at in context.

Maybe if I put it this way: since 2009, the voting record shows 105 (give or take, I just did a quick count) votes on financial and spending bills compared to five abortion votes.

All-

Don’t get me wrong, you are free to criticize the congressman’s voting record, but why not just criticize based on issues and positions.

He has taken positions (through that voting record) on any number of issues ranging from debt policy (he voted against raising the debt ceiling) to stimulus plans, to immigration, etc. All of those issues offer more than enough target space to attack him. Are you just avoiding those because you know his constituents agree with his positions (which you apparently do not), so you are hiding behind superfluous arguments hoping that your readers don’t investigate too hard…

Posted by: adam at October 27, 2011 10:22 AM
Comment #331100

Okay … how about *THIS* part of his voting record?
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $7.384 Trillion: Franks voted YES. April 2003
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $8.184 Trillion: Franks voted YES. November 2004
• Republican-proposed Budget Debt Ceiling Increase to $8.965 Trillion: Franks votes YES. April 2005
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.022 Trillion: Franks votes YES. May 2005
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.107 Trillion: Franks votes YES. June 2005
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.183 Trillion: Franks votes YES. August 2005
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.241 Trillion: Franks votes YES. November 2005
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.309 Trillion: Franks votes YES. February 2006
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.445 Trillion: Franks votes YES. March 2006
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.518 Trillion: Franks votes YES. April 2006
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.592 Trillion: Franks votes YES. May 2006
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.636 Trillion: Franks votes YES. July 2006
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.712 Trillion: Franks votes YES. August 2006
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.794 Trillion: Franks votes YES. September 2006
• Republican-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.803 Trillion: Franks votes YES. October 2006
• Democrat-proposed Congressional Budget Debt Ceiling Increase to $9.815 Trillion: Franks votes NO. May 2007
• Democrat-proposed Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Debt Ceiling Increase to $10.615 Trillion: Franks votes NO. August 2007
• Democrat-proposed (Bush initiated) TARP Debt Ceiling Increase to $11.315 Trillion: Franks votes NO. October 2008
• Democrat-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $12.394 Trillion: Franks votes NO. December 2009
• Democrat-proposed Debt Ceiling Increase to $14.294 Trillion: Franks votes NO. February 2010

So, clearly Franks’ “fiscal conservatism” depends on whether a Republican proposes the spending or not.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at October 27, 2011 10:48 AM
Comment #331101

Gary, Did I not say that we should call both sides useless? It seems funny that one party has one house for less then a year and they are supposed to preform miracles. Democrats controlled everything for 2 years and all they did was create over 9% unemployment. So IMO both sides are at fault for what has come about, but democrats having controll of the purse strings for the longer period may have to accept more of the blame.

Posted by: KAP at October 27, 2011 10:50 AM
Comment #331104

It Congress were to hold a BS contest, how would you divide the winning prize into over 500 pieces for the tie for first place?

I would take a pix of each of them with the President holding onto their winnings with a true caption and would be sent to each of the voters in their district.

If you had a contest for those who strayed from their Constitutional responsibilities, what would you do with over 500 losers?

If I were where Obama is I would go around congress and issue an EO to fire them for incompetency.

If you had the power (you do) to fire all the liars in Congress, what would you do?

I would exercise my authority!!!

Posted by: tom humes at October 27, 2011 2:43 PM
Comment #331113

By the way Gary I live in a predominately Democratic district that keeps electing the same USELESS democrat congressman.

Posted by: KAP at October 27, 2011 7:46 PM
Comment #331115
KAP wrote:

It seems funny that one party has one house for less then a year and they are supposed to preform miracles. Democrats controlled everything for 2 years and all they did was create over 9% unemployment.


Republicans controlled the House, Senate, Supreme Court *AND* the White House for SIX YEARS before that.

Why didn’t your faultless, flawless Republicans fix all of America’s problems then? They had LITERALLY no opposition.

And funny how you forget that the economy began tanking in 2005 and that the country began hemorrhaging up to 700,000 jobs PER MONTH while your faultless, flawless Republicans were driving the boat.

Every single time you post, it consists of one sentence of “both parties are to blame” and every other word is “Democrats this” and “Democrats that.”

So please spare us the “I’m neutral” dog and pony show.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at October 27, 2011 10:04 PM
Comment #331116

Neutral My butt Gary, You and Remer are just alike. You say your independent but lean Democrat. This country may have began tanking in 2005 but in 2006 democrats took over congress and the economy has been going south since. Like I said Gary I do blame both sides and I’ll trash a republican as fast as I will a democrat.

Posted by: KAP at October 27, 2011 10:29 PM
Comment #333511

I have lived in Franks district since 2004. He is a non-entity, with little local advertising or public persona. He is continually re-elected because voters in this district would vote for the GOP representative every time unless (a) presented with reasons to toss Franks out AND (b) given a viable alternative who makes a case for election.

Despite Franks’ irrelevance to voters — other than his lockstep support for all military spending, especially for Luke Air Force base in his district — and lack of a public persona, he is easily re-elected without those two things to challenge him.

He should be seen by Democratic party elders as very vulnerable, especially in a state with an increasing Democratic membership.

What do locals need to do to get the support and attention of the Democratic Party to mount a challenge to this limp congressman?

Posted by: Barry at December 25, 2011 10:33 AM
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