Valley conservatives were surprised to read that they have a new political savior to rescue them from despair. The Arizona Republic writes it, so it must be true.
Dan Nowicki, the reporter who was assigned to deferentially tail John McCain throughout his presidential campaign, glowingly describes Rep. Jeff Flake as having “star power.” Flake is mentioned as a possible candidate for everything from U.S. Senator to governor, with his finger newly interjected into the state political intrigues as he supported Rep. Kirk Adams’ (R-Dist.19) successful bid over Speaker Jim Weiers (R-Dist.10) for the House leadership position.
Flake, who had no problem breaking his term-limit pledge to district voters, characterizes himself as a Republican straight-shooter, but veers off course frequently. It was Flake who encouraged his immigration lawyer, brother-in-law, Kevin Gibbons to challenge Rep. Russell Pearce during the last election cycle. Pearce, a strong advocate of laws to constrain illegal hiring, earned the wrath of the business community favoring a stream of low-wage illegal workers. In a repudiation of Flake’s behind the scenes activities, the voters who have the final say in elections, gave Pearce the overwhelming victory.
Because Flake has made his reputation cutting congressional “earmarks,” (the policy of elected Representatives directing federal dollars to their home districts) few of his constituents are aware of Jeff Flakes’ co-sponsorship of liberal legislation with Illinois Democrat Luis Gutierrez that would actually cost the taxpayers millions in giveaways to illegals in this country, through the “Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act” or STRIVE Act — the sole focus of which was granting tuition and other benefits while extending amnesty for illegal aliens living in our country. Watch this Lou Dobbs CNN video interview with Rep. Gutierrez, who is a master of the duck and dodge.
Read the AZ Republic’s sycophantic coverage of Flake here and prepare for more to come since the newspaper has obviously anointed its successor to Sen. McCain. There is bound to be fallout as Congressman John Shadegg, who is also thought to desire the job, angles for similar puff coverage. Shadegg has already insulted Arizonans who support border security in the liberal New York Times, calling them “xenophobic and intolerant,” for desiring immigration to be orderly and lawful.