I was born and raised in the great state of Arizona and I am proud of it. As an Arizona native, and someone who loves their country, I can firmly say that I am a lover of the many things my state has to offer. Whether it’s the amazing sunsets, the blend of forests and deserts, or winters in the low 70’s, I’m all for it. However, recently there has been someone who I and many Arizonans are not so proud of and that someone is Senator Jeff Flake.

On Tuesday, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake announced that he will not run for reelection. Now this I am happy about. As a Republican of Arizona, Jeff Flake has, for a while, been someone I disapprove of. Recently, Senator Flake has done nothing but criticize President Trump and his (former) supporters have not responded well. However, my disliking for the Senator started back before President Trump was in the spotlight of the media.

Flake’s Early Career

Early on in his career as Senator, Jeff Flake chose to take the middle of the road approach when it came to Republican and conservative ideas. In fact, it may be all the more accurate to just say he leaned more Democrat than Republican even though he ran for the right-wing in his election. Flake stood in favor of Obamacare, was weak on immigration, and was in favor of gun control. It is important to note that these were not platforms Jeff Flake ran on, but rather views he sided with after his election.

Trump vs. Flake

After President Trump’s election, it did not take long for the two men to be at each other’s throats. The President called out the Senator in a series of tweets for his lack of Republican heart and a weakness towards traditional conservative values. The two men were open about their distaste for one another when, on Tuesday, October 24th, Senator Jeff Flake announced that he would not be running for reelection.

In Flake’s speech explaining his decision he said, “There may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party”. 

Even though the Senator explained a reason for his resignation, there may be other motives. Senator Flake’s approval numbers in state were down to a mere 18% and was most likely going to lose, according to polls, in the next election against Kelly Ward.

Personally, I can say that I am satisfied that Flake will be gone. In a time like today, where we are in need of draining the swamp, we can not afford to have weak “Republican” Senators representing us and our values.