Flake Posturing for Governor

As Governor Jan Brewer stumbles over her rhetoric and principles on the issue of taxation, it appears that east valley congressman, Jeff Flake may be preparing to chart a different political course.

Mesa Issues ran a brief post citing Flake’s maneuvering on the issue of illegal immigration. According to MI, “Flake is saying that illegal immigration is a ‘key issue.’ He is proposing “conprehensive reform” which should help ease Mesa’s problems.”

I happen to think Mesa Issues is on to something. The fact that Brewer’s self-inflicted political wound and difficulty in selling the tax hike of her five-point plan, leads the least politically astute observer to believe that Flake may be one high profile official readying to move forward on the political chessboard.


Comments

  1. azcowpoke1 says

    Several websites are already registered for Flake’s Governor bid including:

    Registrant:
    Jeff Flake for Congress
    P.O. Box 21447
    Mesa, Arizona 85277
    United States

    Domain Name: FLAKEFORGOVERNOR.COM
    Created on: 13-Aug-08
    Expires on: 13-Aug-09
    Last Updated on: 13-Aug-08

    Administrative Contact:
    Flake, Jeffry
    Jeff Flake for Congress
    P.O. Box 21447
    Mesa, Arizona 85277
    United States
    (480) 415-0232 Fax —

    Technical Contact:
    Flake, Jeffry
    Jeff Flake for Congress
    P.O. Box 21447
    Mesa, Arizona 85277
    United States
    (480) 415-0232 Fax —

  2. How does Flake run against Brewer on the issue of taxes when he himself is proposing brand new (and permanent) carbon taxes? At least Brewer’s proposed taxes are only for three years.

  3. Flake has flirted with the idea of higher office since sounding people out about challenging McCain back in 2003, but will never do it. No one knew or cared who he was in 1999, but after Salmon set him up as a congressman, he’s making 174K a year (with automatic cost of living adjustments), great benefits, is in the media all the time, has a large and sycophantic staff, hobnobs with the great and powerful, goes on junkets and gets invited to offer his opinion everywhere. He’s grown to love all that and will not risk losing it anytime soon.

  4. His ads on Drudge throughout the last cycle had to be in preparation for something beyond re-election to his current seat.

  5. Flake isn’t going anywhere. He’ll let it float out there for the attention but isn’t taking a step backward in pay and out of the national spotlight to run against an incumbent from his own party (tax increase or not).
    He’s ignored here because he does nothing for the state or his district but is quoted and popular in many other regions of the country.

  6. Conservative does not mean Republican says

    I still see Flake as a better candidate for the Senate than for the executive branch. Being a legislator gives Flake a chance to stand on principle with his voting record. Although I agree with and support his conservative positions, as governor, his decisions would undergo a lot more scrutiny. There are too many welfare-state dependents out there who will be offended by a governor that wants to return government to its proper scope. The media would be all over him for cutting out wasteful programs. Look what has been said of our current legislature for making cuts! Can you imagine the firestorm surrounding Jan Brewer if she were leading the charge for cuts instead of advocating tax increases? There are too many lobbyists that he would ignore and special interests that he would shun for him to be a popular governor. It’s sad, but true.

    I just don’t think Arizona is ready to have a borderline libertarian, Goldwateresque governor. He is more suited for the national stage where he can debate the socialist minded liberals on the other side of the isle. I hope he can eventually take McCain’s spot.

  7. Antifederalist says

    First, while Flake could take a cut in pay if he moves from Rep. to Gov., to suggest he’d step out of the national spotlight is disingenuous. I don’t live in FL, but I know the Gov. is Crist. I don’t live in NM, but I know thew Gov. is Bill Richardson. I don’t live in CA, but I know the Governator is that pinko Arnie. Alaska’s Gov is Palin, LA’s is Bobby Jindal…need I go on? MANY state governors are known on a national scale while most Congressmen languish in national obscurity.

    Flake a libertarian? I’m not so sure about that. He’s made some wacky voting decisions. ENDA? WTF was THAT vote all about?! He’s also not strong on the immigration issue. To many, the term “comprehensive immigration reform” means amnesty. As a former McLame staffer, he’s too close to that loser for my taste. IIRC, he backed Fife Symington over Rob Haney for District chair and he supported Lisa James over Pullen. Libertarian? I don’t think so. Former Exec. Dir. of Goldwater or not, he’s got some `splainin’ to do.

    While I personally like Flake, he’d have to repudiate some of his votes and drive hard right to make me reconsider, but even then, politicians are ALL liars and every last one of them will tell you what you want to hear to win an election, then turn right around and vote like a communist.

    However, I can’t think of many people who would really have the charisma to be a big draw on the R side enough to pull off a win.

  8. Ralph Hughes says

    Prior to some gerrymandering several years ago, Jeff Flake was our congressional representative. He votes pretty good on economic issues, and doesn’t get projects for his home district. However, when it comes to issues of national independence, he always, I mean always, votes to destroy it. He is with McCain on immigration, he supports the SPP, REAL ID, etc, etc.”

    Especially in his first campaign, he made himself very attractive to Mormon voters with a picture of him, his wife and their several kids all decked out in solid white, and his talk about “family values”. He seems to lack the intellect to understand the US Constitution and/or the integrity to be guided by it, in spite of being a Mormon. He comes across and as a supporter of illegal immigrants, and he’s unpopular with folks who believe in the US Constitution.

  9. Conservative does not mean Republican says

    Antifedralist,

    I don’t believe Flake was ever a McCain staffer (don’t know where you got that from). Furthermore, he most definitely holds a more libertarian view of immigration than do you. A temporary guest work program facilitates the free flow of labor across borders. Free markets govern who comes in and who stays out. It is also important to note his policy does not condone illegal immigration, it only seeks to alleviate the current problem with a multi-faceted approach instead of the one pronged attack of “build the fence” (which he voted for!).

    And to Ralph…I guarantee he knows the Constitution better than most Congressman. Again, just because someone disagrees with your view of immigration doesn’t mean they don’t understand the Constitution.

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