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Former Sen. Jeff Flake Joins Arizona Republicans For Biden

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Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has endorsed Joe Biden for President.

Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake has joined several current or former Arizona Republicans in endorsing former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden for President over Donald Trump.

In a released statement Flake, who served in the U.S. Senate from 2013 to 2019 and in the U.S. House of Representatives before that, said he is still a Republican. He said “I was a Republican long before the president ever called himself one, and I will be a Republican long after identifying as such is no longer useful to him.”

Flake went on to say Trump is not a true conservative and has tarnished the party with his conduct. He said he believes Biden can serve the country better as president than Trump.

Flake said "it is because of my conservatism, and because of my belief in the Constitution and in the separation of power and because I am gravely concerned about the conduct and behavior of our current president that I stand here today – proudly and wholeheartedly - to endorse Joe Biden to be our next president of the United States of America."

The Democratic National Convention was held last week. The Republican National Convention will be held today through Thursday.

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The following Arizona Republicans or former Republicans announced their support for Joe Biden, with more to be announced: 

  • Jeff Flake, Former U.S. Senator
  • Jim Kolbe, Former U.S. Representative (AZ-05 and AZ-08)
  • Grant Woods, Former Arizona Attorney General
  • Rebecca Berch, Former Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court                
  • Rob Carey, Attorney and Former Arizona Chief Deputy Attorney General
  • Daniel A. Barker, Retired Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals
  • Lisa Graham Keegan, Former Superintendent of Public Instruction                
  • Kris Mayes, Former Arizona Corporation Commissioner
  • Tom McGovern, 1998 Republican nominee for AG
  • Sam Campana, Former Mayor of Scottsdale
  • Bob Worsley, Former State Senator, Entrepreneur and Author
  • Susan Gerard, Former State Representative
  • Becky Jordan, Former State Representative
  • Roberta Voss, Former State Representative
  • Don Stapley, Former Maricopa County Commissioner
  • Rick Romley, Former Maricopa County Attorney
  • Paul Charlton, Former US Attorney for Arizona
  • Jim Zaharis, Mesa Public Schools Superintendent, and Cheryl Zaharis
  • Bart Turner, Glendale City Councilman
  • Virginia Korte, Scottsdale City Councilmember
  • Peggy Neely, Former Phoenix City Councilwoman
  • Martin Sepulveda, Veteran and Former Chandler City Councilman
  • Deb Gullett, Former Senator John McCain Campaign Manager and Republican Precinct Committeeperson
  • Wes Gullett, Former Senator John McCain Chief of Staff, Republican Precinct Committeeperson, and Former Legislator
  • Paul Hickman, Former John McCain State Director
  • Bettina Nava, Former State Director for Senator John McCain
  • Christy Bishop, Community Leader
  • Troy Foster, Attorney, MPH
  • Lisa Hauser, Attorney, former counsel for Independent Redistricting Commission
  • Steve May, Chief Veteran Advocate
  • Jason Morris, Attorney
  • Scott O'Connor, Attorney and Community Leader
  • Pace Rawlins, Attorney
  • Emily Romney Sanchez, Community Leader and Life Coach
  • Yasser Sanchez, Attorney and Community Leader
  • Chad Snow, Attorney
  • Christi Worsley, Community Leader and Philanthropist
  • David Adame, Non-Profit President
  • Ari Blankstein, Teacher
  • Melissa Chartier, Realtor
  • Bruce Dusenberry, Businessman
  • Max Fose, Business Owner
  • Marlene Galan-Woods, Actor & Journalist
  • Doug Gangi, Small business owner
  • Ollie Harper, Physician
  • Laura Hart Clement, ESL Teacher and Mother
  • Brooks   Hozier
  • Johnny Key, Engineer
  • Juan Restrepo, Small business owner
  • Ritchie   Roberts
  • Davis Romney, Doctor
  • Tanja Romney   
  • Blake Sacha, Educator
  • Erik Sacks, Small business owner
  • Dana Saylor, CEO
Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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