When rumors were flying that Ohio Governor John Kasich was considering a 2020 presidential run, EIC JD Rucker begged him not to even consider it. I’m doing the same thing now with retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake. Don’t do it, man.
Before admitting it’s “not in my plans,” the beleaguered Senator said, “I don’t rule anything out.” Leaving that little crack open means that if enough people were to support such a run, he’d be willing to look into it. This would be a mistake for him and for the country.
Jeff Flake again won’t rule out a 2020 challenge to Trump: A ‘huge swath of voters … may be looking for something else’
Flake is retiring from the Senate next year at the end of his term. He said in a speech on the Senate floor that he chose not to run for re-election because he believed he’d be required to attach himself to Trump and do things he’s not willing to do in order to win the Republican primary.
Flake is a staunch critic of Trump’s behavior while in office but has mostly toed the Republican Party line with his votes in the Senate.
The Senator initially ran as a conservative, but his 55% “F” on Conservative Review’s scorecard tells us he, like most Republicans, only pretend to be conservative during campaign season. That hasn’t stopped him from invoking his alleged ideology as a reason for President Trump to need a challenger:
Trump critic and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake suggested Sunday that the president’s words and actions have left him open to a primary challenge if he seeks reelection.
“If he continues on the path that he’s on, that is going to leave a huge swath of voters looking for someone else,” Flake, who is not seeking reelection in 2018, told ABC News’ “This Week.” He’s probably inviting a Republican challenge.”
Keep in mind, I have nothing against an independent run against the Republicans or Democrats. In fact, I’d love to see someone in the White House in 2021 other than President Trump or anyone the Democrats throw up against him. I just don’t want it to be Flake or Kasich. If we’re going to run someone else, they need to be demonstrably better than ideologically than Trump and neither Flake nor Kasich qualify.