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Jeff Flake Won’t Seek Re-election? Raise Your Hand If You Care

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) announced on Tuesday that he would not be seeking re-election.

It was music to the ears of many Republicans who consider Flake to be a huge disappointment because he didn’t represent their conservative values in D.C.

Those in Arizona who voted to elect Flake as senator believed he would be a strong asset to conservatives. They would soon discover that he was more closely aligned with establishment RINOs who, for the most part, are unable to relate to their constituents.

On Tuesday, Flake who was facing an uphill battle from White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s supported candidate, Kelli Ward (R-Ariz.) told senators:

“It is clear at this moment that a traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who is devoted to free trade, who is pro-immigration has a narrower and narrower path to nomination in the Republican Party.

He continued later “if I could run the kind of race I’d like to run and believe I could win a Republican primary, I might go forward.”

It comes as no surprise that Flake sees himself as a conservative. However, his definition of “conservative” hasn’t always matched the definition of most conservative republicans.

Those conservatives wish he would leave now and not wait until the end of his term because he is not only at odds with his constituents but also with the President they elected.

Social media had their own opinions about Flake’s decision not to seek re-election.

The first to congratulate Flake on his decision and welcome him to the “other side” was none other than progressive liberal Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who spends a good portion of his time trolling Trump on twitter (while at the same time criticizing Trump for tweeting).

Lieu tweeted: “Dear Senator @JeffFlake: Welcome to the #Resistance.”

Breitbart couldn’t contain their joy over the news: “Winning”

Andrew Surabian, a senior adviser for the pro-Trump advocacy organization Great American Alliance echoed Breitbart’s sentiment in a written statement:

“Today Steve Bannon and the entire Trump movement added another scalp to his collection and other Never Trump incumbents should be very nervous right now.”

Ann Coulter, pointed out that Flake was ousted because of his position on amnesty.

“Sen. Jeff Flake becomes the 5th GOP senator whose career was ended by his vote for Marco Rubio’s amnesty bill. Nine to go.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may have said it best:

“Certainly based on the lack of support that [Jeff Flake] has from the people of Arizona, it’s probably a good move.”



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