Flake defends Dem senator after Republican says she was only elected due to 'dumb ass people'

Former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSchumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat The Hill's Morning Report — Trump eyes wall money options as shutdown hits 21 days Poll: Sanders most popular senator, Flake least MORE (R) on Monday defended freshman Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) after a GOP committeeman from their home state of Arizona said "dumb ass people" helped her get elected. 

Flake's comments came just days after Bruce Ash, a Tucson, Ariz., resident and a national GOP committee member, said that Sinema earned a Senate seat because "dumb ass people" on the Republican side did not vote in her race against then-Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyMark Kelly considering Senate bid as Arizona Dems circle McSally Schumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (R). 

"Her politics and positions will lean further left than the dumb ass people on our side ever imagined when tens of thousands left their ballots blank in the McSally-Sinema election which led the way to her being seated in the U.S. Senate this past week," Ash wrote.

The Arizona Republic noted that Ash also appeared to take issue with Sinema's decision to be sworn in to Congress with a law book.

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He posted on Facebook a message on Saturday that said: "Sinema: First Openly Bisexual Senator Wont' Take Oath on Bible... Arizona Proud?"

Sinema defeated McSally in the race to replace Flake in November. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) in December tapped McSally to fill the seat of late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGrassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal MORE (R). 

McSally and Sinema became the first two women to be sworn in to Congress from Arizona last week. Sinema also became the first openly bisexual person to be in the Senate.