You can tell when an issue is bothering a politician.
When abortion supporters wanted “cover,” they sponsored a bill that would allow new mothers to drop their babies off at police departments.
Nice warm and fuzzy bill that had minimal, if any, impact on abortion.
Having been concentrating on my own campaign for re-election in 1998, I didn’t pay much attention to Jack Franks’.
It was his first time up and he was willing to make a term limits promise to get elected.
I didn’t get a hint that he might be nervous about the issue until I heard him on the Dennis Miller Show on WIND on November 10, 2009. Franks had been in office over ten years then. See
Then, on October 30, 2014, GOP opponent Steve Reick called Franks out on having broken his 1998 promise to serve only three terms. See
Reick did the research and found not one, but two 1998 articles from the Northwest Herald reporting Franks’ term limits’ pledge.
I found two eyewitnesses as well, who are quoted in the article.
With the undeniable breaking of his term limits’ pledge, Rep. Franks is now trying to deflect public attention by introducing legislation to require an advisory referendum next spring–after the fall election against Reick.
The Associated Press is running a story about it on its national wire, but without having done any research that might give a hint as to Franks’ motivation.
No mention is made of Franks’ conversion after almost sixteen years in office.
For Steve Reick’s take on Franks’ new position, see