Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeCures bill clears first Senate hurdle Senate GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules Senators crafting bill to limit deportations under Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) announced Tuesday he would sit with fellow freshman Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinSenator blasts GOP push for California drought language in water bill Dems press Trump to support ‘Buy America’ provision in water bill This week: Pelosi's test MORE (D-Wis.) during the State of the Union address, no matter what scorn it might bring.
In his announcement, Flake took a jab at Arizona Republicans who questioned Sen. John McCainJohn McCainThe trouble with Rex Tillerson Senate: Act now to save Ukraine A Cabinet position for Petraeus; disciplinary actions for Broadwell after affair MORE’s (R-Ariz.) conservative credentials by censuring McCain over the weekend.
Flake joked on Twitter he would sit with Baldwin even though “it might end up a whereas clause in a AZ GOP censure resolution.”
While it might end up a whereas clause in a AZ GOP censure resolution, I will sit next to Democratic Sen @tammybaldwin at tonight's SOTU— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) January 28, 2014
A number of Republicans have defended McCain after the censure from the state Republican Party at a weekend meeting, including Sarah Palin earlier in the day.
Flake will watch the speech Tuesday night alongside Baldwin as part of a tradition started four years ago that urged lawmakers to sit next to a member of the opposite party. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who spearheaded the move in 2011, have said they did so to remind lawmakers they are not serving individual states or parties.