Elections

Congressman Trent Franks to Announce "Future Plans" About Potential Senate Run Saturday

God, apparently, has made up his mind:

Congressman Trent Franks, who said earlier this month he would leave the decision on whether he'd run for Senate up to the man upstairs, will reportedly run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl -- an announcement he plans to make following a Saturday fundraiser with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Minnesota Congresswoman and potential presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

Following a $250 morning fundraiser with Arpaio and Bachmann Saturday, Franks plans to "hold an event to outline his future plans."

Franks will have to out-Conservatize Congressman Jeff Flake -- the only declared candidate for the seat -- in what likely will be a McCain/Hayworth-esque GOP primary.

Flake -- a one-time advocate of amnesty for illegal immigrants and a guest worker program -- seems to be anticipating the showdown with a GOPer more Conservative than him and has flip-flopped his stance on immigration, now saying his only focus is securing the border.

"In the past, I have supported a broad approach to immigration reform -- increased border security coupled with a temporary worker program. I no longer do," Flake said earlier this month.

"I've been down that road, and it is a dead end. The political realities in Washington are such that a comprehensive solution is not possible, or even desirable given the current leadership. Border security must be addressed before other reforms are tackled."

Franks is only one of several far-right-wingers eying the seat. Others include former TV pitchman J.D. Hayworth, and even former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who also is rumored to be considering a run here now that it seems her presidential plans are a bit of a stretch.
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