Sen. Flake says GOP is 'toast' if it follows Trump, Moore

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., walks on to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, after announcing he won't seek re-election in 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake was caught on an open microphone saying that the GOP is "toast" if it follows Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and President Donald Trump.

Flake was talking to the mayor of the Phoenix suburb of Mesa after speaking at a town hall session for aerospace company workers Friday. He apparently didn't know the microphone attached to his lapel was still on when he said, "(If we) become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast."

TV stations at the event picked up the comment.

Flake dismissed the reports about the hot mic on Twitter, saying, "No news here. I've been saying this to anyone who will listen."

Flake, an outspoken critic of Trump, announced last month he wouldn't seek re-election. He's said he'd "vote for the Democrat" if he were in Alabama and had to choose between Moore, who is facing sexual misconduct allegations, and Democrat Doug Jones.


Sinclair Broadcast Group contributed to this report.