Rep. Jeff Flake announced Monday morning he is running for the open Arizona Senate seat in 2012.
The six-term Republican had been eyeing the seat even before Sen. Jon Kyl (R) officially announced last week that he would retire at the end of his term. Flake is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring, and gives Republicans a top-tier candidate to replace Kyl on the ballot.
The political action committee of the anti-tax group Club for Growth immediately endorsed Flake’s candidacy. Club President Chris Chocola touted Flake as a “tireless champion for economic freedom” and his record of fighting earmarks.
“What’s really impressive about Jeff is that he had the guts to strongly oppose the worst policies of the Bush administration and of the previous Republican Congress, like earmarks, bailouts and the prescription drug entitlement,” Chocola said. “That’s the kind of courage in the fight for freedom and limited government we need in the U.S. Senate.”
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.