GOP Rep. Gosar rules out bid for Flake's seat

GOP Rep. Gosar rules out bid for Flake's seat
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Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarQuiet jockeying for McCain seat angers Republicans Paul Ryan refutes rumors of early retirement from House The Senate must act on the House-passed appropriations bills MORE (R-Ariz.) is ruling out a bid for outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House Flake's anti-Trump speech will make a lot of noise, but not much sense MORE's (R-Ariz.) seat, saying instead that he will seek reelection in the House. 

“Everybody has to make tough decisions in their lifetime, and Congressman Gosar respects Senator Jeff Flake’s decision to do what he thought was best for his family and for the state of Arizona,” Gosar's spokeswoman, Faith Vander Voort, said in a statement to The Daily Beast.

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“Although the state needs a strong conservative at the helm, Congressman Gosar will seek reelection for his seat in the House of Representatives in 2018. His heart lies with Arizona’s Fourth Congressional District, and as one of our nation’s most efficient Members of Congress," the statement said. 

Gosar's decision comes just one day after Flake announced he would not be seeking reelection in 2018 and issued a stinging rebuke of President Trump on the Senate floor. 

David Bossie, a prominent conservative and head of Citizens United Political Victory Fund, floated Gosar's name as a potential Senate primary challenger a day before Flake's resignation. In a Fox News op-ed, Bossie called Gosar "a dynamite conservative reformer to retire the anti-Trump, pro-amnesty, pro-Washington candidate Senator Jeff Flake."

Trump's allies have met with candidates who were looking to challenge Flake and appear to favor former state Sen. Kelli Ward (R), who had already announced a bid for the seat.

Several GOP names have been floated since Flake announced plans to retire after his term, including Reps. Martha McSally, Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksThis week: Time running out for Congress to avoid shutdown Woman accuses New York state senator of sexual misconduct Womack wins initial support to become Budget chairman MORE and David Schweikert, as well as Arizona state Treasurer Jeff DeWitt and businesswoman Christine Jones.