There is a raging debate over Congressman Jeff Flake’s absence last Friday when the U.S. House barely passed the largest tax increase in U.S. history by a vote of 219-212.
Congressman Flake was at a family event in Mobile, AL for his daughter’s competion in the 2009 Junior Miss pageant.
Given the immense gravity of the vote on Friday, some are saying Flake’s absence was inexcusable.
This is a hard call given the importance of family but given the massive government usurpations and takeovers, Flake’s presence was probably more needed in D.C. in the fight.
Congressman Flake has posted a response to those angry that he was found missing in action during such a critical vote:
Obviously, it was a tough decision to miss voting against the cap and trade bill. But I’ve let my daughter down enough over the years, and I felt I just couldn’t let her down again.
All this is fueling speculation that Congressman Flake may have just invited a challenger in a Republican primary.
Others are also suggesting that Flake’s conflict with performing his job and family matters may prompt him to stay local and jump in the Governor’s race.
Either way, Jeff Flake will need resolve and reconcile his job duties with family commitments.