Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff Flake9 GOP senators Trump must watch out for The road ahead for America’s highways Graham, Durbin reintroduce bill to protect 'Dreamers' MORE (R-Ariz.) announced Tuesday he would sit with fellow freshman Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinHealth pick’s trades put STOCK Act in spotlight Dems call for delaying Price hearing over ethics concerns Schumer: 'Very good chance' Price won't be confirmed 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 McCainOvernight Defense: Obama commutes Manning's sentence | Boeing sees 'progress' on Air Force One costs | McCain's 0B defense budget McCain: Leak of Trump dossier ‘totally wrong’ McCain proposes 0B defense budget for 2018 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.