October 14th, 2009
08:08 PM ET
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Flake camped alone because he 'felt like a pansy'

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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. Perusing-through

    Why is this a story?

    October 14, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    What an idiot.

    October 14, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. DavidSeattle

    Who elects these morons?

    October 14, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. charlie in Maine

    Are you sure he wasn't "hiking the AT".

    October 14, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. Jeff

    That's cool. Sometimes when people loose themselves they find themselves. Hopefully he will have an epiphany and re-join the human race which seeks dignity for all instead of just the fortunate few – as the GOP/RNC seems to espouse. Signed Independent (including thinking).

    October 14, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Rob

    Who cares....

    October 14, 2009 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  7. Runofthemill

    Flake is the right name...

    the fact that he would actually use the word "pansy" says just about everything you could ever need to know.

    October 14, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. Paris

    Only one? Oh Really? Then explain that there are no footprints leading from the camera to where he is standing. If he had a tripod and timer, there would be footprints in the sand leading to where he is standing. We have all done that "click and run" move when the timer starts beeping!

    October 14, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. kamenwati

    Apparently being a "flake" is a way of life for Jeff.

    October 14, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  10. Kevin

    Whatever happened to people going soul-searching without looking for photo ops?

    I guess after months and months of opposing progress, he needed to stick himself on a deserted island to feel like a member of the human race.

    Take notes, Republicans. Go to deserted islands. PLEASE.

    October 14, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  11. WKRP

    If that's what it took to make him feel like less of a pansy....I"ve gotta feel sorry for him. What kind of incredible insecurity level is that guy operating at? And what is only one week on an island going to prove? Tom Hanks spent five years as a castaway! And I think his experience was just as real as Rep. Flake's.

    And Flake says he only ate coconuts, but at the same time brought a very good camera and a tripod to prove his epic ordeal to the rest of us...Again, I don't know. Seems to me like he might be claiming that he left more civilization behind than he actually did. And if this politico needs to post those photos to prove his manhood, it might be more because he fears he's in for a real tough re-election campaign next time around rather than his having an urgent need to play Tarzan. Maybe he could have just gone back to the farm for a couple of weeks and baled some hay and roped some dogies if he really missed it so much.

    October 14, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. A 50-year Democrat no more. Now an independent with brains.

    Does the name FLAKE tell you anything.

    October 14, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. Susan

    amazing but its still hard to believe a republican.

    October 14, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  14. ender

    Well, at least he wasn't "hiking the appalacian trail".

    October 14, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  15. Barbara CA

    I am very happy that the Representative had an interesting vacation but we would care about this why? I would rather hear about what he has been doing when not on vacation. What has he been doing?

    October 14, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  16. Mike S.

    Is there a reason anyone should care about this person, or this article? News used to be news. Now it is filling white space with anything.

    October 14, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Good job Mitt Romney to bring one who believes in the same religious beliefs into the spotlight and there is nothing wrong with that. I think Flake is fishing for who knows who he is, I know and even though I'm not a Mormon I'll give him some props. The Flakes are good people.

    October 14, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. Giorgio

    Is this really news worthy???? Honestly????

    October 14, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  19. footprints

    'Confuscious say doing nothing is sometimes whole lot better than doing something'....This politician, (Flake) , is sure walking his talk.

    October 14, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  20. MikeWall

    Wonderful – both an obviously faked PR moment and a desipicable slur against Gay people in one stupid comment – a typical Republican embarressment to everything this country is supposed to stand for!

    October 14, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. New Yorker

    Yeah, I can imagine sitting around in the "un-real" world of politicians could make a guy feel like a pansy. Ya know, just sittin' around the House shootin' the breeze and livin' high on the hog with taxpayer $$.

    October 14, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  22. Bryan

    Sorry, not news worthy.

    October 14, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. Tim Fischer

    I take exception to using the word"pansy". Is Rep Flake's use of the word a purposeful insult to gays, or is he really too much of a Flake himself to be aware of the negative connotations of the expression? What an ignorant man ...or lack of one.

    October 14, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Rosebud

    Pansy? So being alone on an island made him feel like a man? What ever happened to "no man is an island"? Was he running to or away from something? I heard the story on CNN, and thought it was interesting that because of his government connections he was able to do something on "regular" citizen probably could do. That was get the local government there give him access to an isolated island. Privilege gave him the access for this photo shoot... Heck I was in the peace corps for 3 and half years, and was in many places alone and fending for myself. I don't see anything this man did for a week other than some privileged tourist. If anything I am surprised he was able to stay out of the gym for a week... nice guns flake.

    October 14, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  25. MLH

    The Flake that Felt Like a Pansy. What does he feel like now? A Lupin?

    October 14, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
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