AZ Republic buffs candidate Jeff Flake to hero status in ballpark shooting

Like most Americans you probably credit the Capitol Police security detail assigned to provide protection to GOP Whip Steve Scalise for the rapid response in the wake of the assassination attempt on the lives of Republican congressmen. They were staked out by a radical left-wing hater as they practiced for an annual bipartisan charity baseball game. The shooter inquired to determine the player’s party affiliation prior to opening fire early Wednesday. He was a Bernie Sanders’ Socialist.

But if you read the newspaper account of the horrific event, you’d think Sen. Jeff Flake, up for reelection in 2018, was the hero of the day. 

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following multiple surgeries. Five others were wounded. The shooter, who traveled from Illinois to surveil the congressmen had been living in his van since March. He was shot by police and later died of his injuries.

“Prior to entering surgery, the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone,” Scalise’s office said in this statement. “He is grateful for the brave actions of U.S. Capitol Police, first responders, and colleagues.”

Jeff Flake took Scalise’s phone and called the wife of the seriously wounded congressman, so she wouldn’t hear the news from media sources.

Rep. Mo Brooks who was at the practice, told CNN (transcript) that the gunman was holding what he described as a semi-automatic rifle in the area behind third base and that Scalise had been near second base. Brooks said he tried to help Scalise, saying, “We used my belt to help put a tourniquet around his leg.

Brooks said, “Brad Wenstrup of Ohio was someplace; I don’t know where but I know he was there because after the shooter was down and we ran out to see Steve Scalise at second base, Brad Wenstrup is a physician and we deferred to his judgment on what to do. As I said, I held a cloth over the wound to stop the bleeding as Brad was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the pants to try to have better access to Steve Scalise’s wound in his hip.”

Senator Rand Paul, another physician, was also on the scene.

 Jeff Flake received a call  from former Pres. Barack Obama, with whom he has forged a deep friendship, asking about the attempted massacre of Republicans. With a revealing lack of basic manners, Obama asked Flake to relay his good wishes to Scalise‘s wife. He must have been running late for tee time.

Although the FBI has confirmed that Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks (CD 8) was on the shooter’s hit list, this was the Arizona Republic’s “all about Flake” front page the day following the shooting: 




16 Responses to AZ Republic buffs candidate Jeff Flake to hero status in ballpark shooting

  1. Observer says:

    What else could we expect from the newspaper that endorsed Hillary Clinton and goes all out for the two poser Republics Flake and McCain?

    They both have made careers of promoting amnesty for illegal invaders, an issue near ad dear to the heart of the Arizona Republic. Both Flake and McCain supported Hillary over Donald Trump when he was the GOP Presidential nominee. Jeff Flake said Trump can’t and shouldn’t win as he made the rounds of the liberal networks.

    McCain goes out of his way to slice and dice Trump on a daily basis. He was revealed as the source of the phony “dossier” on Trump which he passed to the FBI.

    Critically wounded Congressman Steve Scalise’s photo is nowhere to be seen in either of the two pages of this Flake puff piece. I read it at the office. Would never pay for this garbage. Also will not vote for Flake.

  2. Attila The Hunny says:

    WOW! The Republic is really geared up in campaign mode!! It’s disgusting that it uses a tragedy to hype the feckless Flake.

  3. East Valley Conservative says:

    For the newspaper to write that Jeff Flake “offered critical care to the injured congressman” flies in the face of reports that I’ve seen and read. With at least two medical doctors who are members of congress who were on the scene why would Flake be characterized as the primary life saver?

    • MacBeth says:

      Doctors on the ball team? Who needs them? Flake probably took first aid as a cub scout. The campaign is underway.

      Incidentally, Flake’s conservative challenger Kelli Ward is also a physician.

  4. Kathy says:

    WOW – AZ Republic uses an attempted assassination attempt to campaign for Flake – can they get any lower (YES). I’m sure this article was written in collusion with McCain and Flake, because afterall it’s only about them.

    Continued prayers for the wounded victims fighting for their lives and the heros with guns (Police) who stopped the carnage.

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    Someone needs to ask Jeff Flake why there were numerous calls between him and Obama almost immediately after the shooting and throughout the day at Washington Hospital Center.

    I wish that Steve Scalise could be stabilized to the point of being able to be airlifted to University of Maryland Hospital’s Shock Trauma facility in Baltimore City, which was the first ever true trauma center in this country. Top notch and highly secure.
    State of the art everything, including hyperbaric chambers which can be used for delivering concentrated oxygen which is especially helpful when dealing with massive wound beds.

    By now, he has likely received 100 or more units of blood.

    Please join with me, if you are so inclined, and pray not only for healing for Steve Scalise but also for God to bless the healthcare professionals with the skills and compassion that is needed to get them through every day.

    You might also consider becoming a blood donor if your health status and age permits. It won’t help Steve Scalise directly, but it will help countless others.
    And unlike Flake, You Will be a REAL Hero.

  6. Maggie says:

    How did Arizona get so fortunate (irony) as to be represented by dementia addled McCain and the arrogant frosted locks Flake? Surely there are more competent people in the state than either of these two Republicrats.

  7. Vince says:

    Jeff Flake is so-o–o appropriately named, as is the Arizona Repulsive. They are both trying to squeeze Flake related mileage out of this horrific assassination attempt and both should be ashamed. I read the transcript included in the post, and it was clear from Rep. Mo Brooks’ account that Flake was not a main medical assist. Brooks provided his belt as a tourniquet and there were members of congress on the ball field who were actual doctors. What a self serving Flaky contrivance.

    • Braveheart says:

      Jeff Flake’s phone calls at the crime scene / ballpark to and from Obama were no doubt a great help to Congressman Steve Scalise.
      Flake and this poor excuse for a newspaper should hang their heads in both shame and embarrassment.

  8. Saguaro Sam says:

    News regarding Congressman Scalise, today:

    Short statement reveals the seriousness of injuries.

  9. Vince says:

    Sen. Rand Paul was quoted as saying, “I do believe without the Capitol Hill police, it would have been a massacre. We had no defense at all. The field was basically a killing field.”

    Sen. Paul is a medical doctor. He gives the Capitol Hill police the credit. He didn’t mention Jeff Flake as savior.

  10. Realist says:

    Stomach turning. Is there no sense of decency at either the Repulsive or in the Flake camp? As Flake said about Trump, “He shouldn’t win, and he won’t win. “