Congressman Trent Franks -- the "self-appointed Mayor" of Washington D.C., as an area advocacy group calls him -- didn't really want to meet with his new-found "constituents."
As you may recall, a group called "DC Vote" isn't quite pleased Franks -- the Arizona Congressman -- is taking it upon himself to try to tell the District of Columbia what its laws ought to be. (Of course, Franks' bill is for tighter abortion regulations.)
DC Vote decided to invite their new "mayor" to head up a constituent service day to address other problems in the District, but the group has informed us Franks didn't play ball.
DC Vote says more than 50 residents showed up with their concerns, but Franks locked the doors to his office.
The group wanted Franks to help out with pot holes, broken street and traffic lights, issues with street signs, problems with trash/recycling pick-up, permit issues, problems with car registration, the need for bike lanes, and other issues the constituents felt were more important to them than Franks' attempt to limit abortions past 20 weeks in the District.
"We are surprised that 'Mayor' Franks chose to avoid his DC constituents," DC Vote executive director Ilir Zherka says. "Mr. Franks likes to talk about his Constitutional responsibility to manage District affairs, and now that we are at his doorstep asking for assistance, he has decided to ignore that responsibility."
To displease the District's residents even more, during a hearing on Franks' bill -- the "District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" -- Franks and other Republicans blocked the District's only member of Congress from speaking on the matter.
Below is a map of the part of the United States that Franks represents in Congress, and perhaps not surprisingly, the District of Columbia doesn't quite fall within the boundaries.
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