SURPRISE: Jeff Flake calls it quits

· October 24, 2017  
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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., talks with reporters in the Capitol after a meeting on the health care bill on July 13, 2017. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call | AP Photo

Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2018.

Citing “nastiness” in politics as a reason for his retirement, Flake told the Arizona Republic that “there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party.”

Flake cited support for President Trump’s agenda among Republican primary voters as a reason he is leaving. 

“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 said. “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.”

Though, the real reason Flake is leaving probably has something to do with his tanking poll numbers in Arizona. If he stayed in the race, he likely would lose to primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward.

Ward is now running unopposed for the GOP nomination for Senate in Arizona. But Ward comes with baggage that might convince other conservatives to jump in the race.

Recently, two of Ward’s top campaign aides quit the campaign, calling their efforts to legitimize Ward’s candidacy a “mistake,” and suggesting that Ward is cozying up to figures from the D.C. swamp to become a senator.   

“After running her campaign, we’ve realized that our successful efforts to legitimize her campaign was a mistake,” said former Ward press secretary Jennifer Lawrence last week.

“Her campaign was such a disaster that we saw an opportunity to prove how much we can help struggling campaigns and we did just that,” said Dustin Stockton, a former Breitbart News writer and Ward’s former Chief Strategist. “Unfortunately, she showed that she isn’t up to the task of standing up to the pressure that causes so many candidates to betray voters when they get to Washington.”

On Twitter, Stockton suggested that Ward has sold out for her own ambition.

With Flake’s exit however, the race for the GOP Senate nomination in Arizona is Ward’s to lose.


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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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