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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

LISTEN: "Oh, Whatever": Jeff Flake Stirs Up Major Campaign Donors/Obamacare Defunder Advocates With Tweet, They Fire Back With Harsher Conservative Talk Radio Ads

The Senate Conservatives Fund - founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint - made Jeff Flake's 2012 Senate campaign one of its top priorities last year, sending him more than $175,000.  This week, they began running an ad on talk radio to pressure now-Senator Flake (R-AZ) to pledge to "defund Obamacare" and oppose it at every turn.

Flake responded very publicly - on his Twitter feed - with an eyeroll/brushoff/blowoff "Oh, whatever..."  He even linked to the ad.

Today, the Senate Conservatives Fund ("SCF") fired back, releasing a new ad for talk radio, advising conservatives to just say "oh, whatever" the next time Flake asks for support.  (Flake does not stand for reelection until 2018.)

Flake was one of the biggest recipients of SCF contributions in 2012, and is the only such recipient to be targeted with their ads.  The other six ad targets are Republicans Richard Burr (NC), Lindsey Graham (SC), Lamar Alexander (TN), Johnny Isakson (GA), Thad Cochran (MS), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) - and Flake is the only one to respond in a way to earn the second ad.

SCF is keeping a scorecard of how Republican Senators are responding to the "Don't Fund Obamacare" campaign; Flake is still listed as a question mark.

One noteworthy line in the second ad puts Flake on the bad guys side with Arizona's senior Senator, John McCain: "'Oh, whatever'. That's something we expect John McCain to say, not Jeff Flake."

1st ad, titled "Nowhere":  

2nd, "Oh, Whatever", ad:  



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