Kelli Ward scores big win as conservative star Laura Ingraham headlines fundraising kickoff — Jeff Flake makes odd move with Marco
All indications point to the fact that it’s going to be tough going for the “Never-Trumper” Republicrat, Jeff Flake. He’s running for reelection in 2018 and has alienated so many of the conservatives he needs to pull him across the finish line, that he’s been reduced to bringing in fellow Gang of Eight amnesty supporter, Marco Rubio for a fundraiser — an ill-conceived effort to bolster his standing with the grassroots of the Arizona Republican party. McCain is still actively supporting amnesty, though candidate Flake realizes it’s his Achilles’ heel and has backed off — for now.
Amnesty Marco definitely isn’t a draw for conservatives. Although he was a momentary member of the LDS Church when growing up, he ditched the faith for a return to Catholicism. His brief foray into Mormonism will have a better chance of alienating, rather than energizing, Flake’s predominantly Mormon East Valley base. Flake has already jettisoned conservatives with the publication of a 140-page anti-Trump rambling diatribe, for which he was chastised by Republican National Committee chairwoman, Ronna Romney McDaniel. During the Republican presidential primary, Flake, like his mentor John McCain, repeatedly stated he would not vote for Donald Trump, the man who rose to the top over 16 other GOP candidates. His vote against Trump was a vote for scandal plagued Hillary Clinton.
Aside from their shared dedication to granting amnesty and in-state college tuition to illegal aliens, Rubio should be anathema to Flake, who used the issue of opposition to earmarks or government pork, suggested to him by party insiders who realized his slim resume was not enough to propel him to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000. Indignation, feigned or otherwise, has panache of the sort to make it across the finish line. Marco Rubio came to congress by way of the Florida State Senate, where he was an enthusiastic proponent of pork. In 2002 alone, he requested 37 earmarks worth $43 million. These two are quite a team.
Flake and Rubio also have reneging on pledges to constituents not to seek reelection in common. When Flake was first elected to the U.S. House, he vowed to return home after serving three two-year terms, which was an integral part of the 1994 “Contract With America, “ a triumph for Republicans who gained 54 House and 9 U.S. Senate seats that year based in large part on the self-imposed term-limits. But the heady atmosphere of D.C. proved too compelling to reject, so he winked and smirked, and admitted, “I lied.” Many constituents were not amused. Rubio not only deceives, he’s known for a poor attendance record in the U.S. Senate.
Dr. Kelli Ward is also having a fundraising event. A physician and former two-term state senator, Ward is a principled conservative, aligned with the majority of Arizona’s Republican base. Her campaign Kickoff Event features conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, the newest addition to the Fox News evening team. View the invitation. The October 17 event will be at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort from 6 to 8 PM. A VIP reception begins at 5:00.
Watch Dr. Kelli Ward’s first campaign ad, featuring President Donald Trump.