5 Minutes of Relief for Jeff Flake – And 20 Months of Dodging Arizonans

Jeff Flake is breathing a sigh of relief right now — but that feeling will vanish when he has to explain his record to Arizonans. Jeff Flake has voted to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act over twenty times — and thanks to this month’s debate over health care, we now know the Republican Party’s replacement: Trumpcare.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“No matter how Jeff Flake tries to explain himself, he was always hell bent on stripping health care from Arizonans. This monstrosity of a bill is what he wanted when he fought shoulder-to-shoulder with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell to vote over 20 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“The more the American people learn, the more they are terrified of Trumpcare. It’s now clear that Trumpcare betrays millions of vulnerable Americans that Trump and Jeff Flake promised to help, kicking over 400,000 off their coverage in Arizona […]

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American Bridge Offers to Buy Jeff Flake’s Internet History

Today, the Senate voted for Sen. Jeff Flake’s plan to allow internet service providers to sell their customer’s internet history without consent to, well, anyone.

This means consumer’s entire internet browser history would be at risk, including “geo-location data, financial and health information, children’s information, Social Security numbers, Web browsing history, app usage history, and the content of communications,” reports Ars Technica.

In response to Jeff Flake’s reckless plan, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Jeff Flake wants to let internet service providers sell their customer’s personal data for a profit. Senator, I’ll make you an offer: we’ll buy your personal browser history today.

“That includes every website you and anyone in your family has visited and almost anything they have searched for on the internet, including your health and financial information. Oh, and by the way, we’re sure you won’t mind if we re-sell this data to […]

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ICYMI: The Arizona Republic: Montini: Flake Wasn’t Funny, But He Was a Joke

“Jeff Flake’s slim chances of re-election have him terrified of Donald Trump… Bigly! So much so that he embarrassed himself questioning Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, filled with cheap jokes and empty rhetoric. It’s clear that Jeff Flake no longer represents Arizonans, he’s too afraid of Donald Trump’s shadow in the midterm elections,” said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp.

The Arizona Republic: Montini: Flake wasn’t funny, but he was a joke

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Jeff Flake’s Empty And Embarrassing Line of Questioning

During yesterday’s Supreme Court nomination hearing, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake used his time to question Judge Neil Gorsuch about fighting a “horse-sized duck” and whether he’s worn “gym shorts and a tank top under [his] robe.“ Yes, really.

This comes after Flake previously said that most of what Senators do during confirmation hearings is “bloviate.” Yes, really.

“Jeff Flake is disgracing his office and the people of Arizona by using his opportunity to question Supreme Court nominee for jokes too dumb for a college dorm. Senator Flake, instead of joking that you and your colleagues just ‘bloviate,’ maybe you should focus on doing your homework and asking Neil Gorsuch the tough questions Arizonans expect from their Senator,” said American Bridge President Jessica Mackler.

Here are just some of the headlines highlighting how Flake embarrassed himself:

Phoenix New Times: Jeff Flake Gets a Bit, Uh, […]

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What Jeff Flake has time for (and doesn’t)

SHOT: Jeff Flake is eager to return to Arizona to rake in campaign cash with GOP insiders and hobnob with former President George W. Bush…

CHASER: But Flake can’t find the time to hold a town hall with his constituents, even though this week a petition signed by more than 4,500 Arizona Republicans and Democrats was delivered to his office. The petition’s “most common” request was “to hold a town hall live and in person.

LIME: Under pressure Flake said in a statement he would hold a town hall “in the coming months” — but as we’re sure you predicted, nothing has been scheduled. 

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Flake Under Fire: Republicans, Democrats, Arizona Voters All Hate Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake is under fire from all sides: Republicans, Democrats, and Arizona voters agree that Senator Flake is doing a bad job, making his re-election fight daunting just as it begins. From his wishy-washy stance on the GOP’s disastrous health care plan, to conservatives questioning his right-wing credentials, to dodging his constituent’s calls for town hall meetings, one thing is clear: if Jeff Flake wants a friend in politics, he’d better buy a dog.

One of the few supporters going to bat for Flake’s re-election is George W. Bush — hated by his party’s base for refusing to support Donald Trump last November. Meanwhile, Flake’s 2018 hopes could find themselves “in the crosshairs of both President Donald Trump and advocacy groups funded by the president’s supporters.”

News outlets from Arizona to Washington have noted the […]

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Shot/Chaser: Jeff Flake Says Ending Medicaid Expansion is Good For Arizona

SHOT: Jeff Flake says “finally dealing with Medicaid as one of the three entitlement programs that are simply unsustainable” is one of the good parts of TrumpCare.

CHASER: “Healthcare advocates in Arizona are sounding the alarm over the GOP’s proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act … the fallout for the state’s Medicaid program could be particularly severe. More than 400,000 people have joined the rolls” since 2013.

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UPDATED: 5 More Republicans Join Growing Calls for Sessions to Recuse Himself

Jeff Sessions is in trouble – deep trouble. According to The Washington Post, then-Senator Jeff Sessions spoke twice last year with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, considered by U.S. intelligence to be one of Russia’s top spies. However, during his confirmation hearings, Sessions stated “I did not have communications with the Russians.”

But he did. That’s perjury. Committing perjury under oath is serious – just ask 1999 Jeff Sessions.

It is clear that Sessions must recuse himself from any investigation into Donald Trump’s connections to Russia.

Take a look at the growing list of Republicans calling for Sessions to recuse himself:

NEW Senator Rob Portman: “I think it would be best for him and for the country to recuse himself from the DOJ Russia probe.”

NEW Senator Jeff Flake: “Obviously he is going to need to clarify and likely recuse himself from any investigation with regard […]

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Bridge Project Launches Second Wave of Ads Against Heller and Flake

Today, American Bridge 21st Century unveiled new digital ads targeting Senators Dean Heller and Jeff Flake for failing to back an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads will run on YouTube and other video platforms as pre-roll, short digital advertisements that play before a video. The campaign will last two weeks in Nevada and Arizona and urge voters to contact their Senators and sign a petition urging Heller and Flake to support an independent investigation to find out just how entangled Trump is with Russia.

Statement from American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“As if Donald Trump’s close ties with Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin weren’t troubling enough, it’s now clear that his administration attempted to cover up communications between Trump’s associates and the Russians. While Dean Heller and Jeff Flake ignore the questions surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia, Donald Trump, himself, continues to put America’s national security […]

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Bridge Project Ads Target Heller and Flake on Trump’s Ties to Russia

Today, American Bridge 21st Century launched a digital ad campaign against Senators Dean Heller and Jeff Flake, holding them accountable for failing to back an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

The ads will run for two weeks in Nevada and Arizona. The ads direct voters to sign a petition urging their Senator to support an independent investigation to find out just how entangled Trump is with Russia.

Statement from American Bridge President Jessica Mackler:

“Donald Trump’s strange closeness with Vladimir Putin and his authoritarian regime is putting our national security at risk. As Trump refuses to speak out about Russia’s aggression, the questions keep piling up. With the stakes this high, Dean Heller and Jeff Flake need to support an independent investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia, and get the American people the answers they deserve.”

The first wave of digital ads appear below:

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