Thursday Open Thread
Of all the Republicans who voted against Manchin-Toomey, few were as low as Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. He told a parent who lost her child in the Aurora, Colorado massacre that he supported background checks, then turned around and voted against it.
From The Maddow Blog:
Flake relies on nuance to mislead grieving mother
By Steve Benen
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:35 PM EDT
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) seems to be in a little trouble this week, and it’s a problem of his own making. He told Caren Teves, whose son was killed in the Aurora slayings, that he supports “strengthening” background checks, only to turn around and vote against the bipartisan Manchin/Toomey measure last week. It’s led to headlines like these: “Flake Voted Against Background Checks After Telling Shooting Victim’s Mother He Supported Them.”
It might seem like a relatively straightforward question: either he lied or he didn’t. Flake’s hand-written note is a little tough to read, but after receiving a dinner invitation from Teves, the Republican said he was “truly sorry for your deep loss,” adding, “While we may not agree on every solution, strengthening background checks is something we can agree on.”
When Flake then voted against background checks, Teves felt betrayed. “What he did was to go against his own words and vote no against comprehensive background checks … I believe he’s a coward,” she said.
Lawrence O’Donnell had a few things to say about Senator Flake.
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Rachel Maddow also has something to say about Senator Flake.