This Flake is far too extreme for Arizona


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Cornflakes400I have previously posted that Rep. Jeff Flake's voting record demonstrates that he is an extremist ideologue. See Representative Jeff Flake – Voting Records – Project Vote Smart. Representing a "safe" GOP district for the past decade, this Flake has had a free pass to engage in radical nonsense. But now this extremist ideologue must face all of the voters of Arizona who are not as gullible and as easily fooled as Tea-Publicans in his old congressional district.

It turns out that this Flake is more extreme than our current "conservative" senators John McCain and Jon Kyl, who are also pretty extreme in their votes. Someone who is to the right of McCain and Kyl is far too extreme for Arizona.

Press release from the Dr. Richard Carmona for U.S. Senate campaign:


Voting record on veterans, national security, seniors, law enforcement and much more show that Jeff Flake says NO to policies that Sens. Kyl and McCain support for Arizonans  

In the final days of the campaign, career politician Jeff Flake is trying to hide his radical voting record by cozying up to Senators McCain and Kyl, but a simple review of their voting records shows that Flake couldn’t be more out-of-step with Arizona’s sitting Senators, or Arizona families. In fact, on critical votes involving everything from protecting our national security, to helping the next generation of veterans attend college, to ensuring children have access to early childhood education, Flake has said NO to Arizona’s needs when McCain and Kyl acted responsibly.    

“Jeff Flake is far more extreme than John McCain and Jon Kyl, and far too extreme for Arizona,” said Carmona for Arizona Communications Director Andy Barr. “Time and again, when there is an important vote for the future of Arizona families, Jeff Flake has chosen his own extreme agenda over the needs of our state. Whether it’s voting against things like bulletproof vests for Arizona police officers or helping college students afford to stay in school, Jeff Flake puts his radical ideology before common sense.”  






Banning Abusive Insurance And Investment Products Targeted At Military Personnel


Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


Voted no.

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009



Voted yes.


Voted yes.


Voted no.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (ethics reform)


Voted yes.


Voted yes.


Voted no.

Imposing Sanctions on Iran in 2010


Voted yes.


Voted yes.


Voted no.

Improvements to the Post-9/11 GI Bill


Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


Voted no.

Providing bulletproof vests for law enforcement.


Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


Passed Senate by Unanimous Consent.


Voted no.

Reducing The Cost of Student Loans


Voted yes.



Didn’t vote.


Voted no.

Renewing Head Start (early childhood education)


Supported reauthorization, bill passed “with my support.”


Wants to “reform it and fund it.”


Flake “doesn’t think such a federal program should exist.”

Voted to avoid U.S. default.



Voted yes.


Voted yes.


Voted no.

Banning Abusive Insurance And Investment Products Targeted At Military Personnel

2006: Flake Voted Against Banning Abusive Insurance And Investment Products Targeted At Military Personnel. In September 2006, Flake was one of three to vote against S. 418. Reported Congressional Quarterly, “The chamber voted, 418-3, on Sept. 21 to send the legislation (S 418) to President Bush for his signature. Sponsored by Sen. Michael B. Enzi, a Republican from Wyoming, it would ban the sale of certain financial products on military bases, require the Department of Defense to maintain a list of agents and advisers who are barred from selling on its installations, and expand the authority of state insurance regulators on military bases within their jurisdiction. . . . Passed by voice vote in the Senate on July 19, the measure is a companion to a House bill (HR 458) that passed on June 28, 2005. Lawmakers from both chambers have been pushing the legislation since 2004, when a series of media reports revealed that abusive and misleading sales and lending tactics were being targeted at military personnel.” [S. 418, Vote 463, 9/21/06; Congressional Quarterly, 9/23/06]

Passed the Senate By Unanimous Consent.

[S. 418, Passed Senate by unanimous consent, 7/19/06; Military Life Insurance Reform, 7/24/12

Bulletproof Vests

Flake Was One Of 2 To Vote Against Providing Bulletproof Vests For Local Law Enforcement. In September 2008, Flake was one of two members to vote against HR 6045. According to a press release from Rep. Visclosky (D-IL), “The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 2008 would reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership through Fiscal Year 2012, extending the life of the grant program by three years. Since 1999, the year it began operating, the Bulletproof Vest Partnership has invested over $234 million in helping over 1.5 million law enforcement officers purchase bulletproof vests. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership is authorized at $50 million per year and funds up to 50 percent of the cost of bulletproof vests purchased or replaced by law enforcement agencies. Visclosky is optimistic that the Senate will pass the bill under unanimous consent prior to its upcoming adjournment, and that President Bush will enact it into law.” [HR 6045, Vote 647, 9/26/08; Rep. Visclosky press release, 9/26/08]

Bulletproof Vests Bill Passed Senate By Unanimous Consent

[HR 6045, Passed Senate by unanimous consent, 9/30/08]

Head Start

Senator Kyl: “This bill, which cleared Congress with my support, reauthorized the Head Start program, the nation's primary child-development program for low-income preschoolers. The President signed this bill into law on December 12, 2007.”

[Project Vote Smart, accessed 10/08/12]

Senator McCain: “I think the Head Start program is a great program. …Let’s reform it and fund it.”  [Daily Kos, 10/18/08]

Flake Believed Head Start Shouldn’t Exist. Wrote Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb in October 2005, “In the last few weeks, Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake has voted against the homeland security budget, because his colleagues started putting in earmarks, and against reauthorizing Head Start. Many Democrats also voted against the Head Start reauthorization, but because it didn't spend enough and increased the program's accountability for educational achievement. Flake voted against it because he doesn't think such a federal program should exist.” [Robert Robb, Arizona Republic, 10/21/05]

Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009

Flake Opposed Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. In 2009, Rep. Flake voted against the Helping Families Save their Home Act.  The bill made several changes to the Hope for Homeowners Program, which guarantees mortgages to help refinance at-risk borrowers into viable mortgages.  It also provided a “safe harbor” to mortgage servicers that participate in mortgage modification programs.  The provisions that related to mortgage modifications only applied to mortgages issued before the bill’s enactment. The bill passed 234-191. [CQBill Analysis HR1106; HR 1106, Vote104, 3/05/09; S. 896, Vote 271, 5/19/09]

McCain and Kyl Both Voted In Favor Of Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. [S. 896, Vote 185, 5/6/09]

Honest Leadership and Open Gov’t Act

Flake Was One Of 8 Members To Vote Against Lobbying And Ethics Reform Package. In 2007, Rep. Flake voted against the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, to overhaul congressional lobbying and ethics rules for members and their staffs. The bill passed 411-8. [Congressional Quarterly, S. 1, Vote763, 7/31/07]

Kyl And McCain Both Voted For Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.

[Senate Vote 19, 1/18/07]

Iran Sanctions (2010)

Flake Was One Of Eight Members To Vote Against Iran Sanctions. Wrote Capital Times columnist John Nichols in June 2010, “The Senate vote for the measure was 99-0. The House passed it by a 408-8 vote, with every member of the Wisconsin delegation voting 'yes' except Baldwin. Voting 'no' with Baldwin was a bipartisan bloc that takes seriously the need to act in smart and diplomatic ways to meet the challenges posed by Iran. Two Republicans, Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake, joined six Democrats.” [John Nichols, Capital Times, 6/27/10; HR 2194, Vote 394, 6/24/10]

Senator Kyl on Iran sanctions: “These, and other, new sanctions should be used to fullest extent possible, and in concert, with existing sanctions on investment in Iran's energy sector. … we see that the window to stop the Iranian regime from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability through sanctions is rapidly closing. We must do everything in our power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability and keep this capability out of the hands of the violent extremist in Tehran.” ~Senator Kyl [Office of Senator Jon Kyl, Press Release, 9/28/10]

McCain Says Voting Against Sanctions On Iran Is “Over The Edge.”  Arizona Senator John McCain said that voting against sanctions on Iran is not on the fringe of standard political views, but "over the edge" when criticizing a Democratic Senate candidate.  According to Wisconsin Public Radio covering the news conference, "Sen. McCain told reporters the no votes signaled that [Tammy] Baldwin did not grasp the seriousness of the Iranian nuclear threat, ‘When you vote against sanctions on Iran, that's not on the fringe, that's over the edge. That's over the edge.’” [Wisconsin Public Radio, 10/22/12; PolitiFact Wisconsin, 10/14/12; VIDEO: Here, 00:59]

2010 Sanctions

McCain:          Voted Yes

Kyl:                 Voted Yes

[HR 2194, Vote 199, 6/24/10]

Improvements to Post-9/11 GI Bill

Flake Was One Of 3 To Vote Against A Bill Providing Educational Assistance And Jobs Training For Post-9/11 Veterans. In December 2010, Flake was one of 3 members to vote against S. 3447. Reported the Associated Press, “A measure aimed at improving educational assistance for veterans since Sept. 11, 2001 awaits President Barack Obama's signature after passing the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, who said Thursday that education of veterans is a vital part of the nation's commitment to members of the armed services. The bill provides for less complex programs for veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, pays benefits for on-job and vocational training, and makes service members eligible for an annual book allowance.” [S. 3447, Vote 642, 12/16/10; Associated Press, 12/17/10]

Improvements to new GI Bill Passed Senate Unanimous Consent.

[S. 3447, Passed Senate by unanimous consent, 12/13/10]

Student Loans

Kyl Supported, Flake Opposed The Largest Increase in Student Aid Since The GI Bill (McCain didn’t vote). In 2007, Rep. Flake voted against the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act that provided the largest increase in student aid since the G.I. Bill. The conference report of the bill cut government subsidies to student loan firms by about $20 billion and redirected most of the money to aid for students and college graduates. It also included $750 million in federal budget deficit reduction. The maximum Pell grant award would be increased by $490 in 2008 and by $1,090 over five years. It also provided debt forgiveness to certain public-sector workers after 10 years of service, and capped student loan repayments at 15 percent of discretionary income. The bill passed 292-97.  Sen. Kyl supported that bill, but Sen. McCain didn’t vote. [Reno Gazette Journal, 9/10/07, CQ Floor Votes; HR 2669, Vote 864, 9/7/07; HR 2669, Vote 326, 9/7/07]

Voted To Avoid Default

Flake Opposed Raising the Debt Limit. In August 2011, Rep. Flake voted against passage of a last minute compromise debt ceiling bill that would provide a process to reduce the deficit by up to $2.4 trillion. The bill passed 269-161.   Rep. Jeff Flake in Arizona all opposed the deal because the cuts didn't go far enough. ‘It's very difficult to get my vote without a balanced budget amendment,’ Flake said on CNN last week.” [Politico, 8/1/11; HR 365, Vote 690, 8/01/11]

McCain And Kyl Supported Debt Limit Increase.

[Senate Vote 123, 8/2/11]



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