Anti-Trump Republican Senator Announces He Won’t Seek Re-Election

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona has looked at his chances in 2018 and decided it’s not worth it. His approval has been under water for months.

CBS News reports:

Jeff Flake says he won’t run for re-election in 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake abruptly announced Tuesday he won’t run for re-election after all in the 2018 midterm elections, leave the Senate when his term ends in January 2019 and delivered a blistering rebuke of President Trump’s behavior.

The Arizona Republic announced on the Senate floor that he could “better serve my country and conscience” by dropping his re-election bid, “freeing myself of the political consideration that consumed far too much bandwidth,” he said.

Flake issued a thinly-veiled take-down of President Trump, criticizing the “personal attacks,” the “threats against principles, freedom and institutions” and “flagrant disregard for truth and decency.” He argued that recklessness, outrageous and unhinged behavior have been excused as “telling it like it is, but he warned that when such behavior “emanates from the top of government,” he said it’s something else.

“It is dangerous to our democracy,” Flake said. “Why didn’t you speak up? What are we going to say?” he asked rhetorically. “Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough.”

Enough for you, Jeff. Enjoy your retirement.

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