Family Research Council calls Jeff Flake “A huge disappointment”

Jeff Flake has fallen from grace in the eyes of a mammoth, nationally respected, conservative organization. The Family Research Council now refers to Flake’s vote to pass Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as a “huge disappointment,”* noting Flake’s “weakness” in being swayed from the GOP and voting “aye” on the stand-alone repeal.

Chastisement this strong from a group that touts “celebrating Jeff’s 100% record on our last scorecard,” is not insignificant.

FRC clarifies its point with this indisputable logic: “But the most outrageous part of this whole agenda isn’t that it passed (although that’s horrifying), but that it passed at a point in the legislative calendar that’s a governing “time out.” Case in point: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), author of the House bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” was fired by his District on Election Day. Yet here he is, weeks after he should have cleared out his desk, pushing a piece of legislation that probably fueled his defeat!”

Marine Gen. James Amos recently voiced strong opposition to a repeal of the policy, telling Congress that “assimilating openly homosexual Marines into the tightly woven fabric of our combat units has strong potential for disruption.” The chiefs of the Air Force, Gen. Norton Schwartz and Army, Gen. George Casey, also expressed reservations.

But Congressman Jeff Flake, who has never served in the military, thinks he has a better handle on the issue than the military brass.  This is the same Jeff Flake who didn’t show up to vote on the Al Gore endorsed, expansive Cap-and-Tax that passed by a slim 219 – 212, and partners with liberal Luis Gutierrez who wants to “turn more red states blue.“  Flake did, however, find a week to spend on a desert island as a survivalist with just a camera to record his every beefcakey pose.

We’ve been disappointed in the aptly named Flake for quite awhile.  Welcome aboard FRC.

* Factor in another disappointment. During Jeff Flake’s 2012 senate race, Family Research Council removed its harsh criticism of him.


26 Responses to Family Research Council calls Jeff Flake “A huge disappointment”

  1. Truth or Consequences says:

    This is the same FLAKE who sponsored AMNESTY with his STRIVE act in the House while his great team mate and former boss, McCain, sponsored Amnesty in the Senate.

    This is the same FLAKE who stood on one side of Napolatano with McCain on the other and Grant Woods in the rear as they campaigned against requiring applicants to show proof of citizenship before registering to vote. There is no one more suited to the word flake than FLAKE.

    Mesa voted this FLAKE back in when they had a clear choice of sending Mr Smith to Congress. We will all pay the cost.

  2. Ricky Lujan says:

    The aptly named Flake needs to go! He was elected to represent us – not pursue his own liberal agenda. What a disgrace! What a Flake!

  3. Kimball says:

    It would be nice if the Family Research Council’s “disappointment” would translate to a sucker punch at the ballot box. The problem is this pretender was just reelected for another term and the attention span of the average voter is comparable to a gnat’s. Please keep this latest development in the forefront, Seeing Red. Jeff Flake is salivating for a senate seat. There are much more reputable candidates we should encourage. Sadly, the East Valley gives this flake protection that he doesn’t deserve. Religion should not be a factor. He is as two-faced and hyocritical as they come. This isn’t supposition, it’s fact. I know this subject very well.

  4. Sam Gerard says:

    Teaming up with Luis Gutierrez, displays Flake’s open borders ideology. People in his district have known this for years. It’s about time major groups like FRC awakened and smelled the coffee. My question: Why AFTER the election?

  5. Sgt. Preston says:

    Flake runs as a Republican but is actually a Libertarian, with Libertine tinges and a huge egomanical streak. Since he has incurred the wrath of so many conservatives, how does he keep getting reelected in the conservative east valley? Just wondering.

  6. Sally Forth says:

    I find it odd that this member of congress with no military experience thinks he has a better knowledge of military operations and interpersonal interactions during war than the heads of the various branches of our military do. More arrogance and vote pandering. He began disgusting me when he first started adding blond highlights to his hair. It hasn’t gotten any better in the intervening years.

    • telemoonfa says:

      Ha! You’re so right about the blonde highlights! What kind of girly man adds blonde highlights to his hair? I don’t trust any man with blonde highlights!

      • Maggie says:

        In 2007, the East Valley Trib ran a post (no longer accessable) titled: “It’s gotta be the hair.” If that’s what gets him elected, we’re in sad shape. Would we have ever had some of our fine balding or wild haired presidents (Lincoln comes to mind) if that was a determiner with past generations? I get so tired of superficial and fad infuenced voters deciding what matters to the rest of us. These are the same people who name their daughters Madison and then wonder why it became as out of style as Bertha.

  7. Tyler M says:

    Congressman Flake, Senator Reid & any other Mormon politicians who supported the repeal of DADT need to be punished by the Mormon Church for voting to support gays openly serving in the military. Whether they are denied the Sacrament, disfellowshipped or excommunicated should depend on how repentant these disgraces to their faith are.

    The Mormon Church needs to do something to keep people who profess to be members of its faith in line when it comes to serious questions of morality. Homosexuality is a grievous sin & supporting open homosexuality is a tacit endorsement of this perverse & immoral lifestyle.

    Just as there has been many people within the Roman Catholic faith who have said that the Kennedys & other liberal “Catholic” politicos like them who support abortion rights should be denied communion, morally conservative churches need to step up when politicians who claim to be part of their faith groups make political votes in opposition to important moral principles. Flake disgusts me.

  8. Michelle West says:

    Why are you surprised. A little nepotism goes a long way. His cousin is gay.

  9. LD 18 Voter says:

    The main problem is that the voters in CD6 listen to him at home and have no idea what he’s up to in Washington. If they realized the alliances he builds with the most liberal Democrats like Chicago’s Luis Gutierrez, they would ditch him in a hot minute. What they see here is his toothy grin and hear his rhetoric about earmarks (which are in the national spotlight, but NOT because of Flake who has made little impact, but yaps a lot). Much of his base IS church related, which is foolish.

  10. telemoonfa says:

    Good post. It’s great to complain about politicians. But we should rally around a better substitute for Jeff Flake, and in my mind, that better substitute is Jeff Smith. Jeff Smith ran against Jeff Flake in the Republican primary this last August, and considering his limited funding, Jeff Smith did really well. With more funding and name exposure, and education of Republicans, I think Jeff Flake can be voted out and replaced with a more conservative tea-party type of person.

    Oh, and I want to say that I think that the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is a great compromise. I mean, I wouldn’t want the military going on a witchhunt to expel homosexuals, even closeted homosexuals, from the military. On the other hand, I wouldn’t want the military to encourage openly homosexual behavior among the soldiers. And I don’t want chaplains to have to start saying, “If you were gay, I’d shout hooray!” I think DADT is a great compromise. I’m sad to see it go.

  11. Ellsworth says:

    Flake fits his name, but the message isn’t resonating with his EV loyalists. What a shame. He stands for election again (against his sworn pledge not to run for more than three terms) and we need to get the word out and defeat this doublecrossing doubletalker. It can’t happen unless all who are grousing step up to the plate.

    • Tyler M says:

      The DADT vote by this new defender of sexual deviants will be his undoing. I’m going to make sure that everybody in conservative Mesa hears that Flake was the friend of gay rights. They need to stop voting for him there just because he’s Mormon & because his ancestors helped found Snowflake years ago.

  12. Cave Creek Cal says:

    Just curious. I don’t live in Flake’s congressional district. How did he finagle his way out of his pledge not to run again? That seems like a sure fire election day deal breaker for voters who took him at his word. What happened to the old concept of a man’s word being his bond?

    • Doc says:

      Cal-I believe that very fact was/has been pointed out here numerous times. Apparadently, the voters in CD-6 don’t see that…

      • Michelle W. says:

        In his own words he said that some 30 year politicians were good men. ?? Its interesting that the first words out of his mouth at a Tea Party were lets set aside the moral issues and deal with fiscal. I guess he means he’s lost his moral compass. Just another wanna be elite hedonist.

      • Tyler M says:

        You make a good point. Flake has obviously been in Washington too long now. I guess he now wants to feel more welcome in San Francisco than back home in Mesa.

        About the term limits pledge, it is a stupid pledge for anybody to make in the first place. But anybody dumb enough to make such a promise should stick to it too just like Matt Salmon did when he held this Congressional Seat before Flake.

  13. Libertate says:

    “…assimilating openly homosexual Marines into the tightly woven fabric of our combat units has strong potential for disruption.”

    In my opinion, that is an excellent argument in favor -not against- of allowing gays to serve openly.

  14. Michelle W. says:

    Does anybody here serve in the military? Anyone who has knows with complete understanding the term “Friendly Fire”. Why would we even want to go there. Since when does what a person does behind closed doors in the privacy of their home dictate policy? Should I not then have preference because I’m not gay?

  15. Tyler M says:

    Oh, and I also just read an article on the Politico about a Delegate to Virginia Assembly who is going to introduce a bill to ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard. We need to get Russell Pearce to introduce a similar bill here in Arizona. If they want to ruin our national military, at least the Arizona National Guard can try to show some semblance of decency & morality.

    Btw, the sponsor of the Virginia bill is Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince WIlliam). He also might be running for Virginia’s US Senate seat in 2012. That’s the kind of candidate we need to support with kind donations.

  16. Mason says:

    Flake deserves to go over shamnesty and being a faker and grandstander on government spending. I agree with him and Sen-elect Toomy on this one. Who the hell cares! Gallup’s polling shows that a majority, regardless of party affiliation or ideology favored the repeal of DADT. The reason is that it’s a stupid policy that kept good people out of the military when we need them the most. Link to survey here :

    • Tyler M says:


      You’re an idiot. Just because people in some poll or a few polls say they support something does not mean that it’s a good idea. DADT worked. There was nothing wrong with the policy & the only people who were upset about it were those who wanted to prance around while in uniform showing off just how gay they really were. What does it mean for “gay” soldiers to be open about it anyway? Why is it so important for these sexual deviants to force this into the faces of other decent members of the Armed Forces? There was no pressing need to change this policy now & the only valid reason to change this policy at all would be to reinstate the outright ban on homosexuals serving as members of the Armed Forces.

  17. Steve Calabrese says:

    Jeff Flake is one of our greatest conservatives in Congress.

    We really eat our own here in AZ – 9/10 of conservatives elsewhere would LOVE to have a Goldwater-style conservative like Flake representing us in Congress. We tear him to shreds.

    Funny, Goldwater didn’t care either about homosexuality. Our country has spent itself into oblivion, our currency is being debased and both the Bush and Obama administrations have passed dozens of oppressive laws that take away rights – and this is the best the sheep can pull? “Flake never served in the military and a general disagrees with him!”

    Bah. The military seems to be deeply divided on DADT. Some are for it, some are against it. Most students of the US Constitution, however, would bristle at the “outrage” of those who think it’s somehow wrong for civilians to occasionally disagree with the military.

    As for Jeff Smith, he lost. A great guy, and someone who I would have liked to see against McCain just so that I could have voted for a conservative instead of Big Govenment McCain and Big Government Hayworth, but he lost. He lost something like 65-35. Perhaps it’s time to stop fighting the elections of the past and focus on the elections of the future. I can not see Jeff Smith beating Flake, ever. I can see him being a formidable force in the years to come if he focuses his energy on attacking Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Sinema and Goddard instead of Flake.

    As for Flake’s term limit pledge, he never should have made it. Any national-level politician who makes a term limit pledge is flat out wrong, for the simple reason that a 1, 2 or even 3 term Congressman or a 2 term Senator has NO REAL POWER WHATSOEVER.

    Congress is run by Committee. Committees are chosen by seniority. Don’t like it? Tough. That’s the way it is. You can complain all you want, but that is how power works in Washington, and you will never be able to change it without attaining power yourself. I was not a fan of JD Hayworth, but I begged him – literally begged him – to retract his term limit pledge – he had just made it for the first time the week I saw him at an open house – and I knew that if he won the primary, and if he went to the Senate, he would never be able to accomplish anything for our state if everyone knew he was committed to doing only two terms.

    Flake made his term limit pledge before he realized just how powerless a junior congressman is. I wish he had never made that term limit promise, but I am glad that he decided to take the hits for the sake of serving his state. This is going to be the first session of Congress where Flake will have real power in committee, and we wouldn’t have that if he had honored that original ill-advised pledge.

    • Tyler M says:

      I am completely against term limits. Period. But Flake going back on this pledge makes him a liar. It’s that plain & simple. And he hasn’t somehow brought Arizona more power as you suggest by staying around. He has only tried to give himself more power & more glory. He is no longer a man of the people. He is now just like other creatures of Washington & as I stated before he apparently now wants to feel more comfortable in San Francisco than in Mesa.

  18. Another LD11 PC says:

    Jeff Flake is a disappointment because he made one compromise too many.

    Although you do not realize it yet, you will find out the same about Russell Pearce.

    He is supporting increasing property taxes, massive new debt spending on the order of BILLIONS OF DOLLARS, federalization of birth certificates and creating national ids for law abiding American citizens.

    I know that doesn’t compute with you right now.

    But it will, because you cannot ignore facts.

    Let’s just hope that you see it and can stop it before your face gets rubbed in the fait accomplis.

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