SENATE LOSES A REAL “CAPITAL F” FLAKE; OTHER LOWER CASE FLAKES COULD FOLLOW? MAYBE SUSAN COLLINS? MURKOWSKI?
With the Corker also going maybe some real conservatives could save the Senate…and the nation
Senator Jeff Flake, one of President Trump’s most vocal Republican critics in the Senate, has announced that he is not running for reelection.
The Arizona Republic broke the news, and Flake very directly makes it clear that he’s concerned about the state of the GOP:
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.”
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.
He added, “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.”
This news comes just weeks after Bob Corker –– another strong Republican critic of the President’s –– announced he’s not running for reelection either. And after Corker went public with some of his tough talk about Trump earlier this month, Flake said a lot of Republicans
We really do not see this as impacting the Senate as both states were Trump states, if anything the developments can be seen to enhance prospects as dissatisfied Trump supporters might have stayed home. It is worth any risk and helps solidify dependability of the Republican party