Candidate’s text messages roil race to replace congressman ousted in sex scandal

By Alex Seitz-Wald

A special election Tuesday to replace an Arizona congressman ousted by a scandal involving a staffer has been upended by something familiar — a candidate’s scandal involving a staffer.

“There was a movie once upon a time called ‘Dumb and Dumber,'” said Jason Rose, an Arizona Republican consultant. “This is a race that should be called weird and weirder.”

Trent Franks, a Republican, resigned from the U.S. House late last year after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with female staffers, including asking an aide to carry his child.

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