Richardcyoung.com does not often endorse politicians who have served for many years in Washington D.C. The majority of those we support are fresh blood—novices who bring new ideas and less allegiance to special interests to the Capitol. But when the rare politician holds true to the principles he campaigns on and avoids the lobbyists, we take note.
Congressman Jeff Flake of Arizona is running for that state’s open Senate seat. He faces challenges in the primary and, if successful, will probably go on to face former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona in the general election.
Constitutionally strong Americans have much to like about Jeff Flake. He’s one of the most fiscally conservative members of Congress. He has been endorsed by some of our past endorsements, Sen. Mike Lee and Sen. Pat Toomey. The Club for Growth has ranked Jeff Flake #1 in Congress in supporting economic growth and freedom. The Club for Growth also called Flake “one of the strongest pro-growth, limited government conservatives in the United States today….In the Senate, Jeff Flake will be an outspoken reforming ally of Jim DeMint, Pat Toomey, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul.”
When Flake was being considered for a position on the Appropriations Committee (which eventually he was given), Cato Institute’s Tad DeHaven wrote, “Flake is one of the few policymakers who actually lives up to the fiscal conservative label. Thus, Flake’s appointment to a committee that many members think only exists to increase spending on special interests would be welcome news.” Since his appointment, Flake has been a breath of fresh air on the committee.
Moving a pro-growth, pro-free market constitutionalist like Jeff Flake from the House of Representatives to the Senate will leverage Flake’s voting power. Adding Flake to the growing bloc of serious economic hardliners in the Senate will make them all stronger. Richardcyoung.com endorses Jeff Flake for Senate from Arizona.
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