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Title: Arizona's Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate
Source: The Republic | azcentral.com
URL Source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news ... -primary-ward-trump/793952001/
Published: Oct 24, 2017
Author: Dan Nowicki,
Post Date: 2017-10-24 15:04:09 by Gatlin
Keywords: None
Views: 868
Comments: 11

Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in 2018.

The bombshell, which Flake, R-Ariz., intended to detail Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor, will further roil Republican hopes of keeping the party's 52-seat Senate majority in the midterm elections of Trump's first term, when the president's party historically loses seats in Congress.

It also likely will upend the race for Flake's seat.

Flake, one of the Senate's more prominent critics of President Donald Trump, has been struggling in the polls.

He told The Arizona Republic ahead of his announcement that he has become convinced "there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party."

'Here's the bottom line ...'

Flake said he has not "soured on the Senate" and loves the institution, but that as a traditional, libertarian-leaning conservative Republican he is out of step with today's Trump-dominated GOP.

"This spell will pass, but not by next year," Flake said.

Among Republican primary voters, there's overwhelming support for Trump's positions and "behavior," Flake said, and one of their top concerns is whether a candidate is with the president or against him. While Flake said he is with Trump on some issues, on other issues he is not. And Trump definitely views him as a foe, having denounced Flake publicly and called him "toxic" on Twitter.

"Here's the bottom line: The path that I would have to travel to get the Republican nomination is a path I'm not willing to take, and that I can't in good conscience take," Flake told The Republic in a telephone interview. "It would require me to believe in positions I don't hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone."

As of Sept. 30, Flake's campaign had $3.4 million on hand. He has continued to raise money — as recently as Thursday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headlined a fundraiser for him in Arizona.

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#1. To: Gatlin (#0)

You still butt fuck McCain, too?

buckeroo  posted on  2017-10-24   15:13:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: All (#0) (Edited)

Don’t let the door hit you in the ass …

The swamp is being drained.

Go Donald !!!

Gatlin  posted on  2017-10-24   15:15:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Gatlin (#0)

"It would require me to believe in positions I don't hold on such issues as trade and immigration and it would require me to condone behavior that I cannot condone."

Fuck off and die, and rot in hell after you do, you piece of shit.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-10-24   15:22:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Gatlin (#0)

" Arizona's Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election to U.S. Senate "

Well, bye ! Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out, asshole! And don't take anything with you when you leave that belongs to the taxpayers !

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." (Will Rogers)

Stoner  posted on  2017-10-24   16:14:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Gatlin (#0)

Flake's excuse is lame. Trump isn't doing anything to Flake that would stop him from running for the nomination.

Trump really has no power or gravitas over the down-ballot candidates, no more than 0bama did. Look at how little Trump accomplished with his endorsement and appearances for Luther Strange in his Senate primary recently.

This is just Flake quitting and using the occasion to blame Trump. I'm thinking that Flake is cashing out to become a lobbyist.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-24   18:44:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Gatlin (#0)

I picked up a few bits from AoS:

This guy, Jason Johnson, is a former Ted Cruz strategist, and now is at an outfit called J2 communications.

He posted a series of tweets discussing the #SalonHot25's/Weekly Standard's/Chuck Schumer's favorite liberalitarian Senator.
1) Tempting to comment on Flake’s floor speech. Instead, offering context on his view of “governing” by highlighting a few of his votes.


2) Jeff Flake was 1 of 10 Republican senators who voted to confirm Loretta Lynch for Attorney General

3) Flake voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.

4) Flake voted against Sen. Mike Lee’s 1st Amendment Defense Act

5) Flake voted for Obama’s $1.1 trillion Cromnibus 2015 spending bill

6) Flake voteed to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank

7) Flake voted for S.2114 which increased Russia’s power at the International Monetary Fund

8) Flake voted for a CLEAN debt limit suspension (2014)

9) Flake was 1 of 11 Republican senators who voted to confirm Janet Yellen

10) Flake voted for the Ryan-Murray budget which lifted spending caps & raised fees (taxes) in exchange for promises of future spending cuts

11) Flake voted for the Gang of 8 amnesty bill

12) Flake voted for the post-Newtown gun grab

13) Flake voted AGAINST The Defund Obamacare Act of 2013 (S.1292)

14) Flake voted to increase debt by $900 billion in exchange for the promise of discretionary cuts in the future (2011)

15) Flake preferred John Kasich over Cruz or Trump in the 2016 GOP Primary.

The liberal wing of the "conservative" movement has the sadz about this, claiming that we lost a "libertarian" voice and a staunch advocate of limited government.

How is the guy voting repeatedly for huge omnibus spending bills and clean (no strings attached) debt increases a fighter for limited government?

The guy who fought for the Import-Export bank and for the Newton gun grab is a "libertarian"?

At what point do the #SalonHot25/Weekly Standard/etc. drop the pose of pretending they're SUPER-DUPER Conservatives, which is why they're always attacking us, and just admit the obvious truth -- they're left-leaning Rockefeller Republicans who prefer their conservatism, if at all, to be in the form of rhetoric in campaigns, and not in the form of any actual real-world policy expression?

@Drew_McCoy -- the coblogger formerly known as "DrewM." -- posted this:
Something I don't think enough professional Republicans understand/appreciate about the frustration with guys like Flake...

He and other Republicans never talk about liberals, hardcore lefty types, the way they do about parts of the GOP coalition they don't like.

You may say that the parts of the GOP they/you don't like are worse than anything on the left, ok. But that's not going to move your voters.

Flake is on MSNBC right now saying it's wrong for the GOP to talk about cultural issues. That's not something a Democrat would ever say.
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There are a lot of GOP/GOP leaners who see an onslaught from the left, which Democrat electeds gleefully participate in and then they see...

the GOP not just fail to push back but to join in saying pushing back is just not what the right people do.

People want the party they support to support them. Right or wrong a LOT of Republicans don't see the GOP politicians supporting them.

The current GOP leadership class has made it clear they aren't interested in those fights. Fair enough.

But don't be upset when those people going seeking someone who will.

It's supply and demand.

I'm not arguing either side is right or wrong (I'm sympathetic to both) but unless and until people accept the parties are coalitions and

everyone sees they are getting a reasonable return on investment...here we are.

My guess is, it's too late though.

Of course, I was SCREAMING about this 10 years ago and no one listened to me but that's on y'all not me.

But no one wanted to give a little so now we have a death match.

Not my monkeys, not my circus.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-24   21:13:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: buckeroo (#1)

How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves ~ Paulo Coelho

Gatlin  posted on  2017-10-25   0:48:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Gatlin (#7)

How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves ~ Paulo Coelho

That really isn't true.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-25   13:11:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Tooconservative (#5)

I'm thinking that Flake is cashing out to become a lobbyist.

Well, no shit. That is actually a fairly obvious conclusion.

If Flake and Corker join McCain and refuse to toe the party line...

the republicans may have a very tough time passing anything......

"we are tartets from evil doers!!!" [ and ] U looked up birfer on the dcitionary. It isn't a movie.

"Listen piece of shit. Call me anti American again and your're banned. I don't like you." - aka stoned -

Jameson  posted on  2017-10-25   14:43:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Jameson (#9)

If Flake and Corker join McCain and refuse to toe the party line...

the republicans may have a very tough time passing anything...

Flake could resign to grab some quick cash as a lobbyist and wait for McStain to die.

Hawaii and Arizona require the governor to appoint a temporary senator of the same party until the next regular election. The Stain isn't up for re-election until 2020.

So Flake could cash in for a while and come back as the Stain's replacement.

Tooconservative  posted on  2017-10-25   17:31:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Tooconservative (#10)

So Flake could cash in for a while and come back as the Stain's replacement.

Flake and Corker will almost certainly both join some "thinktank" or "business coalition" at the end of their careers....

- I think it is very likely that both remain on the job through the mid-terms and vote against most of 45's agenda......Senator McCain will keep his seat until the end, which could be well into 2018 too....

"we are tartets from evil doers!!!" [ and ] U looked up birfer on the dcitionary. It isn't a movie.

"Listen piece of shit. Call me anti American again and your're banned. I don't like you." - aka stoned -

Jameson  posted on  2017-10-26   9:34:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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