|Former Congressman Gary Franks with his wife|
Well, the conservative Republican has been ducking and dodging a $100,000 debt across three states for years now, and even changing his name to elude creditors. From the Republican-American (Connecticut): "This public rebirth represents a major change for Franks. The former conservative darling dropped out of sight after losing a bid to unseat then-U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd in 1998. Since that time, Franks and his wife, Donna, have left a trail of debts exceeding $100,000 in three states. They've used an array of variations on their legal names to dodge creditors. They've also eluded the media. Franks has adopted other names, like Alvin Franks, a moniker he used when caught in a society page photo in places he has called home since leaving Waterbury. He ignored calls and emails from the Republican-American in 2010, and moved out of his Treasure Coast home in Florida days after learning a Waterbury reporter was headed down to find him."
Well, this explains why the press release that crossed my email inbox almost two weeks ago seemed a little odd for a former Congressman: "In his recent re-emergence, Franks has taken elaborate pains to avoid direct communication. His press releases have been issued over the Internet by a public relations firm calling itself PR Authority, which lists a man named Michael McGarety as its head. However, neither McGarety nor PR Authority seem to exist in the real world — at least not at the address and numbers listed on his press releases."