Politics

Candidate for Franks’ Seat Denies Receiving Topless Photos

Steve Montenegro faces scandal in race to replace disgraced Arizona congressman

Arizona congressional candidate Steve Montenegro calls a report that he received topless photos from a legislative staffer “tabloid trash.” (SteveMontenegro.com)

Republican congressional candidate Steve Montenegro, who is running to replace disgraced Arizona Rep. Trent Franks, is facing his own scandal a week before next Tuesday’s primary.

Montenegro, who resigned his state Senate seat to run for the House post, received topless photos from a legislative staffer, according to a series of text messages that were reviewed and reported by KPNX in Phoenix.

The messages show Montenegro was worried about being brought down by a harassment scandal similar to the one that led to Franks’ resignation.

“You would never have to worry about me,” the staffer responds. “So I hope that puts you at some ease. I just saw the Trent Franks thing.”

In response, Montenegro says “crazy,” and the staffer replies “LOL Who needs it.”

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In one of the messages, Montenegro suggests the staffer use messaging app Snapchat, which deletes photos shortly after being received.

After the staffer sent a photo of her posing topless in a bathroom, she says, “You have to delete these.” Montenegro then writes “Snap” in reference to Snapchat.

Montenegro, who is married and a minister, called the report “tabloid trash.”

[Trent Franks Still a Factor in Arizona Race to Replace Him]

In a Facebook post, Montenegro said that he was targeted because he is a conservative and that the media wanted to wanted to destroy his campaign with a week left before the primary.

“As a Hispanic conservative I knew they would stop at nothing to prevent me from going to Washington DC and fighting for the working families of our district just like I fought for the people at the State Capitol,” he wrote.

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