Following Rumors of Inappropriate Behavior Top Republican Expected to Resign

Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks is expected to resign from Congress, a source with knowledge told Roll Call.

The 8th District congressman did not confirm or deny any plans to resign. He said he expected to make a statement Thursday.

“We will have a statement a little bit later, but that’s all I can tell you right now,” Franks told Roll Call. “The statement will explain.”

It is unclear exactly why Franks is stepping down, but one Arizona Republican said there had been rumors of inappropriate behavior. The Republican said the congressman had apparently been making plans to run for Senate in 2012, but abruptly canceled those plans.

“There’s been rumors swirling around him for years, at least in 2012,” the Republican said. “And if this turns out to be true, there won’t be that many people who are surprised.”

Franks was spotted on the House floor during votes Thursday night, speaking with fellow Arizona Republicans Andy Biggs and David Schweikert. Franks was also spotted talking to Rep. Mark Walker, N.C., the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee.

Biggs and Schweikert both declined to discuss Franks. Biggs said he would not comment until Franks announced his plans.

Thursday evening Franks declined to confirm to a gaggle of reports that he plans to resign.