Trump team reaching out to potential Flake challengers

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

More recently, since June, White House officials have also had discussions with former state Sen. President Donald Trump and some of his top officials allegedly are speaking to potential challengers to Flake, who is up for re-election in 2018.

Those who support Flake praise him as an independent-minded senator, but his detractors criticize him as a grandstander.

Trump has personally talked to Arizona state treasurer Jeff DeWit, who worked on the Trump campaign, at least twice since taking office.

At a Republican National Committee meeting outside of San Diego in May, David Bossie, Trump's deputy campaign manager and the president of the influential conservative outside group Citizens United, told Graham that either he or DeWit would likely get substantial backing from conservatives should either enter the contest, according to three people familiar with the conversation. Kelli Ward and former Arizona GOP Chairman Robert Graham.

Ward has announced her bid for Senate while DeWit and Graham are considering campaigns.

Read Politico's entire report here.

White House spokespersons refused to comment on any administration efforts to defeat Flake, while a spokesman for the senator also declined to comment but did point out that he has "voted with President Trump over 95 percent of the time this year". Recognizing the slim margin for the success of the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell-who previously had been in a rush to get the bill to a vote before the July 4 recess-again delayed the vote for at least another week, to wait for McCain to recover and return to Washington after having surgery for a blood clot above his eye.

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