Senator Flake Won’t Seek Re-Election

Oct 25, 2017

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2018. His approval numbers had plummeted to 18 percent. Senator Flake announced his retirement citing the nation’s “disunion,” “disrepair,” “and destructiveness of our politics.” Senator Flake started out as a “hard-line Republican” early in his term. However, soon after taking office, Flake shifted to the left. He embraced “Gang of Eight immigration reform . . . siding against the Obamacare defunding effort, voting repeatedly for debt ceiling increases, pushing gun control, [and] working with President Obama to open trade with Cuba.” Conservative talk show host Erick Erickson tweeted, “Jeff Flake used to have a 100% Club For Growth score, got to the Senate, and is now in the 50’s below Mitch McConnell.” While President Trump will likely take credit for Senator Flake’s retirement, Senator Flake was in trouble politically before he started opposing President Trump. The senator “purposefully exacerbated that vulnerability by loudly touting his opposition to Trump and the Republican base on a much-ballyhooed book tour.”