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I just wanted to take a little time to remind the Kos community, especially in Arizona, that Tea Party Congressman Jeff Flake (R) flaked on immigration reform.  His opponent, former Surgeon Genearl and war hero, Dr. Richard Carmona (D), has been hitting Flake for flaking on this very important issue:

During his final debate Thursday night with his Democratic challenger Richard Carmona, Flake said he worked with Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) on comprehensive immigration reform while the legislation was before Congress in 2006 and 2007.

"My record in Congress has been one to reach across the aisle. I've worked on comprehensive immigration reform ever since I got to Congress. I worked with Luis Gutiérrez. I worked with Senator Kennedy. We tried to get comprehensive reform through. Unfortunately, we can't get the trust level until we have a secure border," Flake said.

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But Gutiérrez thinks Flake abandoned his support for a comprehensive fix in order to run for office, a sentiment Carmona pointed out in his rebuttal.

"The congressman talks about his bipartisanship, but the fact is that's not true," Carmona shot back during the debate. "The fact is that when he talks about Congressman Gutiérrez about immigration, I called Congressman Gutiérrez spokesman. His words were, 'Congressman Flake abandoned me on immigration. When it was convenient he was with me. When he wanted to be a senator, he left." - ABC News/Univision, 10/26/12

Of course Flake is trying to lie about abandoning immigration reform in congress so it wouldn't hurt him in the GOP primary against Wil Cardon for Senate.  Luckily, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois), who Flake was working with in the House was able to back up Carmona's claims that Flake flaked on immigration reform:
Gutiérrez backed up Carmona's remarks in a statement released after the debate.

"Congressman Flake was once a close ally on the immigration reform issue to secure the border, create legal immigration channels, and get the millions of immigrants who live here into the system and on-the-books, but he abandoned his role in immigration reform because of pressure from the far right of the Republican Party. He voted against the DREAM Act, a modest measure that would have been a stepping stone to more important reforms and we were able to pass it in the House without any help from him. There used to be bipartisan support for sensible immigration measures in Washington, but Jeff Flake is an example of the Republicans that simply walked away from positions they used to support with passion and conviction." - ABC News/Univision, 10/26/12

Ouch.  Flake must be felling pretty stupid right now.  Flake knows that immigration reform is an issue that could hurt his chances of winning this race.  If he had stuck with working with Gutiérrez in working on a comprehensive immigration reform policy like the DREAM Act, he never would've won the GOP primary.  At the same time, he can't campaign in the general election aligning himself with immigrant-bashers like Jan Brewer because it will enrage the Latino community of Arizona to come out in full force to vote for Carmona.  But Tea Party Jeff's last name says it all and he will pay for it at the polls come November 6th.  Dr. Carmona supports the DREAM Act and with Carmona in the Senate, we can get comprehensive immigration reform passed.  Help the good doctor win:

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Originally posted to pdc on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Phoenix Kossacks and Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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