Jeff Flake, Republican Congressman Running for U.S. Senate, Playing Basketball with President Obama

Categories: Election 2012

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As much as Congressman Jeff Flake and his supporters want voters to believe his Democratic opponent, Rich Carmona, is BFFs with President Barack Obama --  Carmona hasn't shot hoops with the prez like Flake has.

Here's a photo of Flake and Obama sharing sweat on the court.


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President Barack Obama pushes back on Congressman Jeff Flake (directly to the left of POTUS) during a White House basketball game.
This is funny given that, in several campaign ads, Flake sharply criticizes Carmona over a phone call -- just one call -- he received from President Obama, encouraging him to run for U.S. Senate.

From that, Flake says Carmona was "handpicked" by Obama and will "rubber-stamp" Obama's agenda. Carmona says Obama's was one of many phone calls he received and that by the time Obama called, he'd already decided to run.

However, Flake's effort to play off of anti-Obama sentiment among staunch conservatives isn't working out well.

A poll released by Public Policy Polling shows Carmona leading Flake 45-43. Three weeks ago, the same pollsters reported that Flake was ahead by a single point.

"There's two things you have to do to win as a Democrat in a pretty Republican-leaning state like Arizona: win independents and a get a healthy amount of crossover support from GOP voters," according to Public Policy Polling's press release. "Right now Carmona's doing both of those things."

The poll shows Carmona has a 52 to 37 advantage over Flake with Independents, and he's also lured about 14 percent of Republicans into his corner.

Full poll results.


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edwestrfld
edwestrfld

Carmona was first a starting member of Team Bush as Surgeon General from 02-06( he got a personal call from George Bush ), and then was handpicked by "both" Senator's McCain and Kyl to run for the AZ Senate seat.  Flake was the sloppy second choice.  Carmona decided he had had enough, of bowing to the extreme right fringe Tea Partiers, like Romney did, to get the nomination.  Rich stands for Arizona.  Flake stands for himself.  

blair_houghton
blair_houghton

@CarmonaForAZ his voting record and the reasons therefor are the bad parts of @FlakeforSenate. if getting served by POTUS doesn't fix him...

RubberstampRich
RubberstampRich

Whereas @FlakeforSenate & @BarackObama played on opposite sides, @CarmonaforAZ is a starting member of Team Obama. #azsen #CarmonaFacts

kenvogel
kenvogel

Not sure, but love the photo! MT @CarmonaForAZ Is it disingenuous to attack someone on TV who you play hoops w in DC? http://t.co/mhixo5Lt

Sullivans_Projs
Sullivans_Projs

@CarmonaForAZ Jeff is a Flake. This ad brought to you by A #TEAParty Republican who has a heck of a lot more confidence in you.

Sam_Kleiner
Sam_Kleiner

@AndyBarr34 is that Secretary Salazar going for rebound?

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Don't forget the taxpayer funded junket to Brazil for Flake and his wife.

fdenton
fdenton

Please elect Carmona, Arizona has had flakes in the senate for 20 years or more.

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