The following is an excerpt from ADAM KELSEY | October 24, 2017 | abcnews.go.com |
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election in 2018.
He made the announcement in an emotional Senate floor address, during which he took direct aim at Trump, striking a tone of defiance and frustration with the state of affairs in Washington.
"I rise today to say, enough," Flake said. "We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalies never becomes the normal, with respect and humility. I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, a return to civility and stability right behind it."
He added, "I will not be complicit or silent. I've decided to better represent the people of Arizona and to better serve my country and conscience by freeing myself of the political consideration that consumed far too much bandwidth and cause me to compromise too many principles."
Flake went on to decry the "regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals," pleading with his colleagues to cast aside personal provocations and careerism in favor of the best interests of the country.
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