Anti-Trump Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Won’t Seek Re-Election Next Year

(Business Insider) Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican and outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, will not seek reelection in 2018, he announced Tuesday.

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Flake delivered a long and searing indictment of the president and his fellow Republicans who remain loyal to the administration.

“When the next generation asks us, ‘Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you speak up?’ What are we going to say?” Flake said. “Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough.”

Flake told The Arizona Republic that his brand of libertarian-leaning Republican politics does not square with some of Trump’s policy positions, including on immigration and trade, and that he could not condone the president’s behavior.

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“There may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party,” Flake told The Republic, adding, “this spell will pass, but not by next year.”…

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