Woman Who Ambushed Flake in Elevator Is Director of Soros-Funded Group
At least one of the women who cornered Arizona senator Jeff Flake in an elevator last Friday, screaming in his face for several excruciating minutes, works for the Soros-funded Center for Popular Democracy, the left-wing organization spearheading the effort to stop Kavanaugh.
Ana Maria Archila and 23-year-old Maria Gallagher are the two women who confronted Flake in the elevator.
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux met the pair while waiting outside Flake's office earlier that morning. According to Malveaux, they ran after Flake when they caught sight of him and some staffers walking down the hall.
"We caught up with him just as he was getting into the elevator. The doors were closing, and Archila literally and figuratively put her foot down — causing the doors to open," Malveaux wrote.
Archila is an executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy; she had spent the previous week in Washington engaged in protests against Kavanaugh. Gallagher is a 23-year-old activist with the group. The Center is a left-wing group that is heavily funded by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Indeed, as of 2014, the Open Society was one of the three largest donors to the group.
A spokeswoman for the Center for Popular Democracy told the New York Times that Gallagher was "not directly affiliated" with the organization but was “just a passionate person.”
According to Malveaux, "the two were strangers" until just a few hours before the confrontation when they "discovered they had a similar pain and decided to go to Flake's office because they thought he could be their critical ally."
Capitol Police arrested 70 protesters on September 4, the day of Kavanaugh's first confirmation hearing, Roll Call reported.