Congressman Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona’s 6th Congressional District, looks at his wife while announcing he would seek the Republican nomination for the US Senate.
Flake made his announcement at a Phoenix hotel Monday morning. The same hotel incumbent Republican US Senator Jon Kyl used Thursday of last week to announce he was retiring from the Senate. Flake’s announcement surprised almost no one. Kyl had barely finished his retirement announcement last week before people were mentioning Flake as a possible successor. Flake is a social and fiscal conservative with a something of an independent streak. He wants to loosen the trade and travel restrictions against Cuba and he voted against most of his party colleagues on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” when he voted to end the discriminatory practice that prohibits gays from serving openly in the Armed Forces.
At this point Congressman Flake has to be considered the GOP front runner. None of the likely Democrats have thrown their hats in the ring yet.
There are more photos from Congressman Flake’s announcement in my archive and available from ZUMA Press.