Mi Familia Vota Statement on AZ Sen. Flake’s Announcement Not to Seek Re-election

10.24.2017
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For Immediate Release

Oct. 24, 2017

Contact Denise Lopez denisel@mifamiliavota.org 

Mi Familia Vota Statement on AZ Sen. Flake’s Announcement Not to Seek Re-election After Expressing Disgust with Trump’s “Reckless, Outrageous and Undignified Behavior”

MFV: We will work hard to ensure voters know the candidates’ records and we will expose those who support the current extremist, immoral political climate.

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election next year because the GOP has been taken over in his home state by loyalists of a president who has become a global embarrassment, and markets in falsehoods, “personal attacks, threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions.”

Sen. Flake formally announced his decision on the Senate floor, hours after another Republican, Sen.  Bob Corker of Tennessee and the president escalated their public feud, with Sen. Corker stating numerous times that Trump “debases” the country by his behavior, and cannot be trusted with the nuclear codes. Sen. Corker also has decided not to seek re-election.

The following is a statement by Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota:

“As Sen. Flake announced his decision not to seek re-election, he said that in order to win, he would have to compromise his principled position on issues, including his pro-immigration position. Not only would he not abandon his positions, he said, but he would no longer be complicit or silent regarding the behavior of the president who is turning our nation into ‘fearful, backward-looking people.’

“As a non-partisan organization, our goal is to work with office holders who will represent all Americans and vote on behalf of the Latino and immigrant communities. President Trump wrote us off long ago, to the detriment of solid policy-making and finding bipartisan solutions are important issues like immigration and health care.

“It’s unfortunate that politicians, like Sen. Flake and Sen. Corker, are being forced to choose between those they represent versus unprincipled leadership of Trump, who engages in insults instead of being presidential.

“Sen. Flake’s decision to the leave the Senate will likely draw more Republican candidates to the primary race. But we caution them that voters are tiring of the president’s antics. Voters want solutions, not tweets.

“The 2018 election will allow Arizona voters to stand up to the crazy political environment that is spinning out of control. We will work hard to ensure voters know the candidates’ records and we will expose those who support the current extremist, immoral political climate. Elected officials need to represent all Americans, including communities of color, and not just the extremist fringe.”

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