DC residents try to leave complaints on Arizona Rep. Trent Franks' door
By John Henrehan, FOX 5 Reporter
More than three dozen D.C. residents assembled outside the Congressional office of Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona) on Wednesday. They came with an ironic laundry-list of complaints about the city for the Congressman to consider.
Franks is pushing legislation that would ban almost all late-term abortions within the District of Columbia. At a hearing last week, Franks said, "The gruesome, late-term abortions of unborn children (who can feel pain) is, in my opinion, the greatest human rights atrocity in the United States, today."
The Congressman's attempted intervention on abortion regulations in D.C. prompted many of the protestors to call, tongue-in-cheek, for more constituent service from Franks.
After knocking on the office door, one woman turned toward reporters and announced: "I'm Lisa Swanson. I live in the District. And I'm so glad that Mr. Franks is so 'into' taking care of all of our urban problems. One thing he could do is to make sure there's continued federal funding for the Metro."
Eugene Kinlow brought a photo of a D.C. pothole.
"If he's going to make bills about one thing (and try and step into our D.C. government)," declared Kinlow, "he might as well take care of these potholes, too."
Some came to get the Arizona Congressman to intervene on confusing parking regulations. Many referred to the Arizona Republican as "Mayor Franks."
Ilir Zherka, of DC Votes, carried a toilet plunger into the Rayburn House Office Building.
"One thing [Franks] can deal with is the Anacostia River," said Zherka. "It's dirty, it needs to be cleaned, and I brought this plunger along to give to 'Mayor' Franks, so that he could help 'plunge' the river."
Congressman Franks' D.C. office was closed for the day. The House is on recess, although, most other members' offices in D.C. were staffed with workers. The protestors tried to leave their ironic suggestions for more local intervention on the door of the Arizona Congressman's office, but Capitol Police would not allow it.
We tried to get a response to the protest from Congressman Franks' Arizona office, but were not successful.
The prospects for House passage of Franks' bill (to ban late-term abortions in D.C.) are good. The bill has 196 co-sponsors.
Prospects for passage in the Senate are much less certain.