Jeff Flake

Why did Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Vote to Confirm Liberal Judges?

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Tempe, AZ – Senate candidate, Dr. Kelli Ward recently blasted incumbent Jeff Flake as One of Three “Republican’s” who voted to approve a Liberal Pro-Sanctuary City Judge, saying “even John McCain didn’t vote for Orrick!”

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward today blasted incumbent “Republican” Jeff Flake over his 2013 vote to confirm the liberal federal judge whose order yesterday temporarily blocked President Trump’s plan to defund sanctuary cities.

Flake joined liberal “Republican” Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and 53 Senate Democrats in support of confirming William H. Orrick III as a District Judge in the Northern District of California on May 15, 2013.  All 41 “No” votes on Orrick were cast by Republicans.

Flake was also the only Senate Judiciary “Republican” to support Orrick’s nomination, joining with ten Democrats against seven Republicans on February 23, 2013 to approve Orrick.

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“Even John McCain and Lindsey Graham voted against Orrick, but not Jeff Flake,” Ward said.  “Jeff Flake voted for a radical leftwing activist judge who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Barack Obama, worked in the Justice Department while they went after Arizona’s SB 1070 law and who on the bench tried to block the release of the incriminating Planned Parenthood videos.”

“And now this…”

“You can tout all the conservative scores you want,” Ward said, “but the courts have become the battleground for issues more than anything else and Jeff Flake’s vote for William Orrick III, not just on the floor but in committee, gave left-wing Democrats the cover they needed to get this radical extremist a lifetime tenure as a federal judge.”

Ward continued, “right now Jeff Flake has a photo of himself with Justice Gorsuch as his Facebook cover picture.  He needs to substitute that smiling shot with one of him with William Orrick III because that’s the dangerous ideology he’s enabled on our federal courts,” Ward added.

“Arizona needs a strong, conservative voice who will support strong conservative judges and oppose radical leftist ideologues like William Orrick III,” Ward said.  “Jeff Flake has failed Arizona too many times, and this is just one more example.  It’s time for him to go.”

Ward held John McCain to 51 percent of the vote in the 2016 primary and has announced against Flake, who is up next year. She is polling neck-and-neck with Flake in repeated matchups.

Dr. Kelli Ward

Dr. Kelli Ward has lived in Arizona since 1999. She is a military wife, the mom of three awesome children (now young adults), a family physician, a business owner, a former AZ State Senator, and she ran for the US Senate in 2016 against John McCain. She brings real life experience to politics. Kelli grew up in West Virginia and went on to Duke University where she got her Bachelor of Science degree. She loved being a Blue Devil especially since they won their first national basketball championship while she was there! She left NC after college and returned to WV for medical school. She and her husband, Colonel Michael P. Ward, D.O., met during medical school and have had a storybook romance that continues today. After their residency training in Michigan, the family moved to Arizona and they haven't looked back.

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