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