Republican Senator Jeff Flake, of Arizona, tweeted an image of him donating $100 to the opposition of Republican Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore with the caption “Country over Party”.
I guess he wouldn’t care — he did recently announce he’s not seeking reelection recently.
“I have a very different view of Roy Moore and what that does for the party,” Flake said. “I do think the president is wrong here and I think it will have negative impacts on the party in the long term.”
He was also caught on a hot mic, just last month, telling an Arizona mayor: “if we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.”
The special election is for the seat once held by Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general. Although the polls have showed a narrowing contest between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, Alabama is a strongly Republican state which has not elected a Democrat for U.S. Senate since Richard Shelby in 1992. Shelby switched parties two years later.
Moore responded to Flake’s donation with a broadside of his own on Twitter describing Flake as a “Pro-amnesty, big gov’t Republican Senator” and called for “100 grassroots conservatives to step up and reject the DC Establishment”
I guess it’s not too unheard, many GOP leaders have called upon Moore to drop out of the Alabama race to which he’s continued to refuse to do — holding true to his denial of the allegations against him.
“I think he’s going to do very well. We don’t want to have a liberal Democrat in Alabama, believe me,” Trump said Tuesday during a lunch with Republican senators. “We want strong borders, we want stopping crime, we want to have the things that we represent and we certainly don’t want to have a liberal Democrat that’s controlled by Nancy Pelosi and controlled by Chuck Schumer, we don’t want to have that for Alabama.”
Flake, who will be retiring in 2018, has said of Moore that the fact that he’s the GOP nominee for the Senate “should concern us all.” At the time, he was talking about a statement Moore made in 2006, calling on Congress not to seat Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat, because he is a Muslim.