Jeff Flake, U.S. Senate Hopeful, Chastises Congressman Todd Akin Over "Legitimate Rape" Comments, Yet He Co-Sponsored Legislation with Phrase "Forcible Rape"

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Congressman Jeff Flake posted on his Facebook page on Thursday that during his campaign trail travels all over the state -- to places such as Superior, Miami, Globe, Payson, Show Low, Prescott, Flagstaff, Williams, Lake Havasu, Sierra Vista, Tucson, Kingman -- he had a revelation.

"What I've found is that people don't want to talk about Todd Akin or the wedge issues," he posts on his FB page. "They're concerned about what will happen to their jobs if new EPA regulations close down the power plant in their area. They want to know why the U.S. Senate won't approve a land exchange that will allow a copper mine to expand and save their town. They wonder when the Forest Service will move ahead with stewardship contracts ...that may spare their homes from the next catastrophic fire."

While these are also important issues, Akin's comments still are smoldering -- and given they are part of the Republican's current platform, they are worth talking about.

But you have to wonder... What's Flake's motive in saying voters aren't really concerned about Akin's comments? Maybe to downplay questionable language in legislation he co-sponsored? 

After all, it was Flake who signed on as co-sponsor for an anti-abortion bill with the language "forcible rape."

We've got a call into Flake's campaign for comment. We'll update this post if we hear back from him.

Arizona Congressmen Trent Franks and Paul Gosar also co-sponsored the legislation.



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dmcrane1
dmcrane1

I've been to Flake's office about 7 times in the last 2 years,  he is never available when he's in town. He doesn't do town halls, except the one time I was aware of he was charging people to go to them...we pay his salary, when he comes home we should have access to him by appointment or by town halls and neither is available to his constituents.  I have written him countless times with questions; no response. I have emailed countless times and all I have ever gotten was a standard robo-response that doesn't even mention what I was talking about.  He is useless to the people of Arizona and does not support his constituents. He is out of touch with us and definitely not a supporter of women's rights.  I don't care for John McCain's political views either, but at least McCain does hold town halls, will answer questions, will listen to your concerns.  Flake has never done any of those things.

blindsmall
blindsmall

Let's make a change for the better in Arizona!

 

www.VictorForSenate.com

desertflower
desertflower

The MOST important thing that you can do now is register to vote, and VOTE these extreme idiots OUT!! If you will be 18 years old on or before Nov 6th, you can register now. If you have gotten married and changed your name or moved, you have to make that change to your registration! DO NOT WAIT!! 

Start here: http://gottavote.org/en/AZ/

tom10545az
tom10545az

This is for BOTH sides, do you really think y'all are going to overturn roe vs. wade? its 40+ years....get over it already...

 

gonna try again to reword "i just want to force somebody else to do what "I" want with their body...really?....i heard this in the MMJ rhetoric..."lets do it for the kids(zygot)(egg)..whatever excuse you feel like writing in this time.

 

and since i am a "male" or is that "mail"ohhh..well..if if hear one more time some dude saying "we're having a baby" i will slap you upside the head, if your "other person" doent beat me to it. and inform you "you're along for the ride"., for now

 

Cozz
Cozz

Jeff Flake, exactly what he is, a Flake.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

I think I'm finally at a loss for words to express the total disgust I have for these blatant hypocrites and the two legged cockroaches that vote for them.

omas2cents
omas2cents

Flake is another Republican who lies, flip-flops, and prefers to ignore the will of the voters.  Like other bona fide right-wing GOP-ers, Flake endorses policies which are anti-American in nature and anti-democracy in essence.  Like his fellow party members, Flake is devoid of humanity, clearly lacking in morality, and needs more than a few lessons in humility, compassion and empathy.  

 

While Phoenix New Times has yet to address this issue, here's a solid indication what Flake thinks of his constituents, the Arizona voters.  

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/jeff_flake_17th_amendment.php

Sapmola5
Sapmola5

Was this guy High when he made this Remark honestly  would you what him to represent, any thing? 

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

Akin: "It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."

 

The "legitimate rape" comment is disgusting, but its a red hearing.  The real meat of his quote is the end of the comment.  It is clear from the last sentence that he feels that an exception for rape is not appropraite because "the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the [embryo or fetus]."  This is consistent with Ryan's position on abortion and the recently adopted Republican platform - it doesn't matter how conception occurred, the moment conception occurrs the resulting zygot (later to become an embryo and then a fetus] has become a "child" in the eyes of the Republican party and deserves protection. 

 

The Republicans were quick to jump on Akin in the hopes that the independent voters would be distracted by the "legitimate rape" portion of the quote and not notice the last sentence, which they hope to keep their little secret.

WombWithAView
WombWithAView

Paul Ryan in an interview earlier this week said, "I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life." in answer to a question of a woman's legal right to an abortion if she's raped.

 

He basically said that rape is just another form of conception.

 

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/24/13456027-oops-ryan-did-it-again

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol this is what the GOP is doing...decrying Akin publicly, while adopting this theory in the past. Hell, the Dr Akin uses as his source was romney's family issues adviser in 08!

Mehonyou
Mehonyou

 @yourproductsucks Semantics?

 

Flake and the (R) radicals actually believe this crap.

 

It's not word choice, it's a choice between science and fairy-tales, and your side has the fairy tales.

 

What, you think "forcible rape" is code for something like "I respect the law of the land and support Roe v. Wade?"

 

Is that what you mean by semantics? 

TruConserv
TruConserv

 @yourproductsucks and you're an idiot because even some of the harshest critics of the Backpage backed-off once it was revealed that the Backpage actually works closely with law enforcement, on a daily basis, to actually catch traffickers of sex slaves. Further, Backpage spends millions every year on this program.

 

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2018143440_guest07mcdougall.html

 

Sure, some try to maintain the backpage is in the business of human trafficking, but those seem to be the ones looking for excuses for either covering their own failings or as a rouse to take away rights from others.

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