VoteVets.org and Majority PAC Launch Arizona Television Ad, Exposing Jeff Flake's Extreme Anti-Veteran Record
By VoteVets.org & Majority PAC
PUBLISHED: September 27, 2012
Ads will run for a week, flooding the airwaves
PHOENIX, Ariz. - The largest progressive group of veterans of America, VoteVets.org Action Fund, and Majority PAC are teaming up on a major television ad buy in Arizona, that exposes Senate Candidate, Rep. Jeff Flake's extreme positions on veterans' issues. The ad will air for one week on broadcast and cable, at a cost of $280,000. Polling has shown Flake either tied or slightly behind Richard Carmona in his race for Senate.
The ad can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LnUpHQQ5CM
The full script and backup materials are below.
The ad features Iraq War Veteran, and Chandler, AZ resident Steven Lopez. In the ad, he says, "I proudly served our country for two tours in Iraq. Congressman Jeff Flake voted to send us to that war, and then voted against us when we return home. Flake voted to cut veterans benefits by billions. He was one of only twelve in Congress to vote against the GI bill, which is putting veterans like me through school. And Flake was one of only three to vote against job training for returning troops. Jeff Flake doesn't deserve my vote...or my respect."
General (ret.) Wesley Clark, Chairman of the VoteVets.org Board of Advisors said, "Congressman Flake cannot run from his extreme votes. When you are one of only twelve House members out of over 400 to oppose a new GI Bill for our troops and one of only three to oppose job training for veterans, you are extremely far out of the mainstream. There isn't a lot of bipartisanship in Washington these days, but on these issues, nearly all Democrats and Republicans came together - except for Jeff Flake. Veterans don't need someone like that in the Senate."
"When America's veterans came home from war, Jeff Flake kicked them to the curb and voted to cut their benefits and job training," said Rebecca Lambe, strategist for Majority PAC. "His votes against our veterans made him one of the most extreme members of Congress. If Jeff Flake doesn't think veterans are a priority, then there's something wrong with his priorities. Flake is the wrong choice for veterans, and he's wrong for Arizona families."
Founded in 2006, and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.
:30 TV AD
VOTEVETS.ORG ACTION FUND AND MAJORITY PAC
VETERAN: I proudly served our country for two tours in Iraq.
Congressman Jeff Flake voted to send us to that war...
...and then voted against us when we return home.
Flake voted to cut veterans benefits by billions.
He was one of only twelve in Congress to vote against the GI bill....
....which is putting veterans like me through school.
And Flake was one of only three to vote against job training for returning troops.
Jeff Flake doesn't deserve my vote...or my respect.
Flake Voted for Budget That Cut Veterans Benefits. In 2003, Congressman Jeff Flake voted for a budget that called for cutting $15 billion from veterans' benefits, including veterans' pensions, compensation, education and other benefits, over 10 years. [Letter from Edward R. Heath, National Commander, Disabled Veterans of America (Congressional Record, page H2547), 3/17/03; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote 82, 3/21/03]
Flake One Of Twelve Members To Vote Against New GI Bill, Increased Education Benefits For Veterans. According to Washington Post, "In a pair of bipartisan votes, the House yesterday approved $162 billion to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well into 2009 and a separate measure that would allow veterans returning from those battlefields to receive increased education benefits. The domestic spending measure, approved 416 to 12, also includes a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance for laid-off workers who have used all 26 weeks of their current benefits, and $2.65 billion for Midwest flood relief. [...]Under the program, often called the new GI Bill, veterans would receive enough money to pay even the most expensive state university tuition." [Roll Call 432, HR 2642, 6/19/08; Washington Post, 6/20/08]
Flake One of Three Members to Vote Against Providing On-Job and Vocational Training for Post 9/11 Veterans. According to the Associated Press, "A measure aimed at improving educational assistance for veterans since Sept. 11, 2001 awaits President Barack Obama's signature after passing the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was introduced by U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, who said Thursday that education of veterans is a vital part of the nation's commitment to members of the armed services. The bill provides for less complex programs for veterans who have served on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, pays benefits for on-job and vocational training, and makes service members eligible for an annual book allowance. The measure passed the Senate on Monday before clearing the House on Thursday." [HR 3447, Vote 642, 12/16/10; Associated Press, 12/17/10]