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Outside Washington, Gun Debate Rolls On

Pond scum.

That’s the expression Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, used to characterize how some critics viewed him after he voted against expanding background checks two week ago during the gun control debate in Congress.

In a posting today on his Facebook page, Flake conceded that his “poll numbers have indeed taken a southerly turn.” He is home in Arizona for a week long break from Washington, where he bluntly acknowledged the criticism.  ”Nothing like waking up to a poll saying you’re the nation’s least popular senator,” a message on Flake’s Facebook page said. “Given the public’s dim view of Congress in general, that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum.”

The gun control debate is quiet in Washington, but it is only getting started at home for some senators, particularly those who were on the fence but opposed a bipartisan compromise on expanding background checks for people who buy weapons at gun shows and on the internet.

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