October 14th, 2009
08:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Flake camped alone because he 'felt like a pansy'


Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake says he spent a week alone on an uninhabited island made him feel like he was 'was actually doing something again.'(Photo Credit: Rep. Jeff Flake)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - So why did Rep. Jeff Flake really spend a week alone on a deserted island? Because, he told CNN Wednesday, he "felt like a pansy."

"Ever since leaving the ranch and the farm years ago, I've kind of felt like a pansy, I guess," the Arizona Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "And this made it feel like I was actually doing something again."

Flake spent a week in isolation on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean last summer, subsisting on coconuts and fish and sleeping in a hammock.

Despite the flawless photographs that show him posing shirtless in front of the sunset and with a fish caught on his spear, Flake promised that he was the only one on the island. His secret: a tripod and a timer.

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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Doug

    He never missed a paycheck or health benefits from taxpayers while he was away. The moral to this story is I forgot the taxpayers again, what a caption for this picture.

    October 14, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    sounds like a flake alright!

    another wingnut in the news

    October 14, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. nls

    One day, pansy will be universally accepted as a derogatory, bigoted term and thus, public figures will think twice about using it. Until then, we can just see this flake as the bigoted person that he is.

    October 14, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  4. AJ

    A deserted island is the best place for a republican...

    October 14, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. ed

    Let's see. The President takes time off, but still works and is blasted for not being here with so much going on. He goes to Copenhagen in an attempt to bring about 8 billion dollars to the US and then the far right wing revels in our, that would be The United States of America, loss in our bid to host the 2016 Olymipics. Now this do nothing, done nothing but vote no on everything the President is trying to do to save this country, and he goes off alone to an island. And that is news? Well, that's all the time we have. We will be back after this message.

    October 14, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Cando

    One week!!!! He is a pansy.

    October 14, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. brian

    "And this made it feel like I was actually doing something again."

    Doesn't he already have a job he was elected for?

    October 14, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  8. m smith

    The name say's it all

    October 14, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. DaveinCincinnati

    We should ship more politicians to deserted islands. Namely:
    Pelosi, Reid, Bush...heck, let's just ship them all and start our government all over from scratch.

    October 14, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  10. Mike O

    Hey, he's a member of the GOP, so you assume he's lying, right? No bias in that last bit, is there?

    October 14, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. Michelle

    Oh no. Not a pansy. ANYTHING BUT A PANSY!

    October 14, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. miriam

    So? Must be a slow news day.

    October 14, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    This isn't a little bit wacky?

    October 14, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. TM in AZ

    Two things....1) What very few people will even be able to see about this story is how ironic it is. Do you know much money it takes, as the main breadwinner of a family (Rep. Flake has a wife and 5 kids), to leave said family for a remote island for an entire week!!!??? If he wanted to feel like he was doing something, for goodness sake, donate all that cash that you just so selfishly spent to a worhtwhile charity. Spend the week working for a charity. Bare minimum send your poor wife to a deserted island...I'm sure she could use the time alone!

    2) He felt like a pansy working in Congress? Big surprise since they've done nothing in years. Get your butt back to AZ and really listen to ALL of your constituents–not just the wingnuts, militia members, birthers and religious zealots.

    October 14, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. AZ Jake

    Rep. Flake said his island adventure was actually doing something again?

    So bumming around a deserted island is more productive than bumming around congress with his obstructionist Rethuglican pals ?

    Yup ... I agree ... a bum is a bum no matter where he is.

    Defeat Flake for a better Arizona.

    October 14, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Nice

    Get back to work you pansy!

    October 14, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Nice

    I mean...people are suffering here in the US and we need all hands on deck. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and do what you were elected to do...work for the people.

    October 14, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Scott, Tucson

    We ought to send the rest of Congress and the Senate to that island and leave them there.

    October 14, 2009 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  19. Dmbragg

    ok thanks for putting men back in the Neanderthal phase. "Felt like a pansy"? What does that mean? Rep. Flake should just put a little chew between his cheek and gum and buck up!
    Just what makes a man anyway? What other "manly" stuff is he missing? He will be ok, someone just needs to buy him the first few seasons of Survivor and he will his ole manly self without having to visit the Island...

    October 14, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Jon Krieger

    Well if playing Gilligan for a week recharges the old batteries,then I say cool!As for me I'd go insane without my Blackberry!

    October 14, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. Angi's mom

    Typical politician. This guy merely orchestrated a gimmick to get his name (and photos) in the news.

    October 14, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. Michael

    The guy is a flake...

    October 14, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  23. lovable liberal

    I'm sympathetic to wanting this sort of adventure, but every time he opens his mouth about it, he sounds more and more as if Flake is not a misnomer.

    October 14, 2009 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Ryan

    Sounds like a mid-life crisis to me.

    October 14, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  25. JD, Los Angeles, CA.

    Did he get kicked off survior or did they leave him there?

    October 14, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
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