Sen. Jeff Flake will pay a political price for urging
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay people based on religious beliefs, says Scottie Nell Hughes, news director for the Tea Party News Network.
Speaking to Newsmax TV's John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Monday, Hughes said Flake will suffer the same consequences as fellow Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain, who also pleaded
with the governor to veto Senate Bill 1062 last week.
"The whole country — if you're a conservative right now — already has a target on John McCain's back. That's the one thing that every person in the tea party can agree on. We need John McCain out and Flake, unfortunately, seems to be following him in this standard. Very disappointed with both of these senators for getting involved," she said.
"Jan Brewer sat there and backhandedly slapped every member of the House and the Senate that was elected there in the legislature when she vetoed it, and she did it for some reason, which some are saying is basically her campaign announcement for 2016 as a VP candidate, thinking that she would be able to recruit some of those folks who approve of John McCain. John McCain lost, and Jan Brewer will lose because of this veto. She'll soon find out."
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Asked whether she expects social conservatives in Arizona to mount an initiative campaign to get something on the ballot concerning Brewer's veto, Hughes replied:
"I would hope they could. Why she made this stance is because of Hillary Clinton being the 2016 nominee, and all we're seeing for the presidential candidates from Republicans are men. There's a given that more than likely the VP candidate will be a woman. That's why Jan Brewer doing this is so important."
"But here's the ironic thing in this whole bill: this is almost word-for-word the same bill that Bill Clinton back in '93 signed in about religious freedom," Hughes said.
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