Some would say Sen. Jeff Flake lives up to his name.
One example may be found in the Republican saying saying he would vote “yes” on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But then he was confronted by protesters on an elevator.
And afterward he called for a delay to the confirmation vote, asking for an additional FBI investigation to take place.
.@andersoncooper speaks with Ana Maria Archila, one of the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator at the Capitol Friday morning, just before he called for a delay of the Senate vote for Brett Kavanaugh.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 28, 2018
But that call for a delay came after Flake made an off-camera, backroom deal. It began with Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaward, and eventually more senators got involved, as Coons revealed to “Cuomo Prime Time” host Chris Cuomo on CNN.
Reaction to Flake’s “flaky” behavior was mixed. Some thought he was being weak and a traitor who was set up, while others lauded him for “standing up” for women.
Now he is getting strong negative reaction from the right again. This time it’s because of his attendance at the leftist Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Saturday — with Coons.
Some in the leftist crowd were unhappy with Flake’s attendance at their annual event. He was greeted with a “smattering of boos,” Fox News reported.
Aside from him not being perhaps as popular with the left as he hoped he would be, Flake’s elevator comment also stands out. He said, “Join me in an elevator any time!” This did not go over well with other Republicans.
Not even lowlife leftists can stand Flake: ‘Join Me in an Elevator Any Time': Flake Booed at Global Citizen Festival After Kavanaugh Hearing https://t.co/ohhjpeQyvQ
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) September 30, 2018
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 29, 2018
RT if you are as tired of this brand of “Republican” as I am. https://t.co/Fc68EMwgbR
— Dr. Kelli Ward ?? (@kelliwardaz) September 30, 2018
He did get some attention from people on the left, too. Although it might not have been the kind that works in his favor, at least not with anyone on the right.
I saw you at the #GlobalCitiens concert in Central Park, @JeffFlake. Global citizens are NOT conservatives. You are a socialist in your heart. Come to terms with your heart. pic.twitter.com/BUwMlz6HqJ
— Weezie Proud Resister (@itsweezie) September 30, 2018
#AmberHeard on her IG :"Moved by the emotional events and inspiring women who spoke truth to power this week, I felt compelled to stop Senator Jeff Flake after we both spoke at Global Citizen yesterday. I thanked him for his fortitude and moment of clarity, pic.twitter.com/C68kiu0zlG
— Amber Heard Italia Fans (@AmberHeardIT) September 30, 2018
“Jeff Flake is the real hero here of what happened. He just needed some reassurance on some of the doubts he had."
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 29, 2018
Time magazine reported on the close relationship, what some might call a “bromance,” between Flake and Coons.
“Onstage, the two senators spoke of their ‘deep and genuine friendship’ and the time they each spent in Africa as young men. They touted their mutual commitment to educating women, addressing health crises and promoting peace and prosperity abroad.”
The Daily Caller noted that Coons used the occasion to credit the “compromise that prevailed” in regards to the vote delay and additional FBI investigation to his “personal relationship” with Flake.
Flake is retiring, so he certainly doesn’t need to worry about keeping voters or Republicans happy, unless he plans on remaining in politics and as a Republican.
However, given his willingness to buddy up with liberals like Coons, other ventures might be a better fit for him.
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