Arizona Republican Congressman Jeff Flake (6th District) shared welcome news today…
Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake is endorsing Mitt Romney for president, giving the former Massachusetts governor a conservative seal of approval in Arizona’s newly scheduled early primary.
Morning Score has Flake’s statement: “Mitt Romney has the experience and vision to get our country on the right path again. Whether it was his time as governor or as a successful businessman, Mitt Romney has shown that he has the economic knowledge to create the environment for businesses to start hiring again.”
As James Hohmann points out, Flake is both a fiscal conservative hero and 2012 Senate candidate. That means he can back up Romney on ideological grounds and on electability.
Arizona recently scheduled its 2012 primary for February 28, a week before super Tuesday. Its delegates will face a penalty because the state is violating RNC rules by voting before March 6, but the primary there still has the potential to mix up the GOP nomination fight.
UPDATE – Gov Romney’s announcement:
“I am proud to announce Congressman Flake’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “Having such a strong advocate for the taxpayer on my Arizona team will be crucial as I reach out to voters across the state and spread my pro-growth message.”
“This election will be an important moment in our nation’s history,” said Congressman Flake. “The next president will be charged with reversing the failed policies of the last three years and making sure the future is as bright for our children as it was for the generations before them. Mitt Romney has the experience and vision to get our country on the right path again. Whether it was his time as governor or as a successful businessman, Mitt Romney has shown that he has the economic knowledge to create the environment for businesses to start hiring again.”
Background on Congressman Jeff Flake:
Congressman Jeff Flake Was Elected In 2000. Congressman Flake has been a staunch advocate for taxpayers and for lower spending while in office and serves on the House Committee on Appropriations. Prior to his election, Congressman Flake was the Executive Director of the Goldwater Institute.
UPDATE from Ross
Hot Air had this commentary on today’s endorsement by Rep. Flake:
I’d say that this might trump the endorsements of Perry by governors Brian Sandoval and Bobby Jindal, and certainly will be better received than Romney’s earlier endorsement by Tim Pawlenty. Flake is a genuinely anti-establishment voice backing what seems to be the most establishment figure in the contest at the moment, and that’s certainly an eye-opener.
All I’ll say about this is that people who know, know Mitt is not an establishment figure and never had been in his life. Mitt might be the most acceptable to the establishment because they know he would beat President Obama, but they aren’t completely comfortable with Mitt because they don’t know if they can control him. One of the best things about Mitt Romney becoming President is that he won’t owe anyone any favors and that will help him clean up the corruption in Government.
UPDATE from Jayde – Tweet from Romney:
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