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No Wonder Jeff Flake Doesn’t Want to Face Voters

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

August 13, 2012  

WASHINGTON – Jeff Flake recently told a group of activists that Senate candidates like him shouldn’t have to face the voters in November. Instead, Flake favors of repealing the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which calls for direct election of Senators. Before the amendment was adopted in 1912, state legislatures picked Senators and denied voters the opportunity to have their voices heard. 

“Jeff Flake is so extreme he endorsed the radical Romney-Ryan budget plan giving billions to Big Oil while rolling back investments in science and technology. It’s no wonder he doesn’t want to face the voters in November,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns. 

Flake, a 12-year incumbent Congressman and former uranium mining lobbyist, has a horrible record on environmental issues and renewable energy, earning an appalling 9% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. For more information, visit

In fact, his record is so extreme he supported the radical Romney-Ryan budget proposal. The extreme plan would cut $3 billion in energy programs in 2013, and would spend just $150 million from 2013 to 2017, barely 20 percent of what was invested in 2012 alone. It also calls for giving Big Oil $40 billion in taxpayer-subsidized handouts while cutting billions of dollars in clean energy investments. 

The Center for American Progress examined this budget plan and found that it actually cut by nearly 25% the very kind of science and technology research that has fueled innovation and helped grow our economy. Their report found that the Romney-Ryan budget cuts per capita investments in science and technology research and development by 24 percent - from $104 per person in 2010 to $79 per capita by 2021.

Flake has good reason to be worried about facing Arizona voters. LCV recently released the findings of a poll that shows his Senate race among the most competitive in the nation. The poll found Rep. Flake and Dr. Richard Carmona tied among registered voters at 38%. 

Earlier this month, LCV Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, endorsed Dr. Carmona for U.S. Senate from Arizona.

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