Jeff Flake Finally Has a Primary Opponent; Wil Cardon (Repped By Jason Rose) to Enter Race

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Congressional hunk Jeff Flake
For months, there's been a lot of speculation about who will challenge Congressman Jeff Flake in his bid to take over the Senate seat getting vacated by Senator Jon Kyl next year. Finally, someone's actually pulled the trigger and will challenge the Congressional beefcake.

Wil Cardon, a 40-year-old Mesa investment manager with the Cardon Group Inc., is entering the GOP Senate primary -- and GOP sources confirm to New Times that he's already enlisted Valley public relations honcho Jason Rose to help with his campaign.

That means Cardon will undoubtedly get a political tip of the cap from Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rose's prize pig.

Cardon didn't immediately return our call this afternoon, but he's already made it pretty clear he plans to use a tough stance on illegal immigration as his campaign platform.

From Politico:

"I'm against amnesty, I'm for protecting our border," Cardon said without directly engaging Flake.  "There will be plenty of time later on to talk about the differences in our records.  As we go forward, people will hear a lot more about that.  They need someone who is clear and principled on immigration."

Flake, as you may recall, has also recently become a bit of a border hawk -- he flaked on his support comprehensive immigration reform earlier this year (after announcing he'd be running for the Senate).

"In the past I have supported a broad approach to immigration reform -- increased border security coupled with a temporary worker program. I no longer do," Flake said at the time.

"I've been down that road, and it is a dead end. The political realities in Washington are such that a comprehensive solution is not possible, or even desirable given the current leadership. Border security must be addressed before other reforms are tackled."

Well let you know if Cardon gets back to us.

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Richard Grayson
Richard Grayson

Jeff Flake has actually never had to face a serious challenge in a Republican primary.  His opponent in 2010, for example, was typical: someone who had no way of even getting close to Mr. Flake's millions in campaign contributions from corporate PACs and the likes of the Koch brothers.  His initial run for Congress was something of a surprise cakewalk, even to Mr. Flake himself. 

Whether you're a liberal like me (I got 1.4% of the vote as the 2010 Green candidate) or a conservative Republican, it's hard to argue that Mr. Flake has, in his dozen years in the U.S. House, has had much of an impact, even though his party has been in the majority for two-thirds of his tenure.  He's best known, probably, for his campaign against earmarks, which was a bad practice but  in the scheme of things amount to less than trivial sums (an example: a West Virginia museum dedicated to Mothers Day in the hometown of that holiday's founder would have cost less than $100,000).  Earmarks are now history, but the practice is actually worse because the same thing is happening under the table, out of public scrutiny.

It's very hard to come up with, even for a conservative or Tea Party adherent, one solid accomplishment of Jeff Flake.  He's vulnerable,and he's untested in a primary or a general election by a serious, well-funded opponent.  I don't know if Mr. Cardon would be one, but if he can match Mr. Flake's current $2 million-plus in campaign funds, he just might pull of an upset.  He is, after all a real businessperson and entrepreneur; for all his devotion to the sanctity of free enterprise and the market, Mr. Flake has spent his entire career in the non-business world of a think tank and Capitol Hill.

JD Tuttle
JD Tuttle

Funny. These guys are battling over immigration issues - when our federal government is going broke. It'll be interesting to see what they have to say if the US credit rating is downgraded.

Ooops. The US credit rating was just downgraded.

Mr. King, go get a comment from them as to what they (now)  see as the issues!

Trommy Themulus
Trommy Themulus

Any friend of Joe's is an enemy to free thinking individuals.  Thanks but I don't need such a hate filled Jerk to tell me who to vote for.  He pulled that crap with the county attorneys office to get his boy picked.  I don't want to see him do it again.  What kind of person looks to this slimebag for their voting information.  People, use your own brain and open your eyes our county and state government is the laughing stock of the country.  Joe Arpaio is the first name I hear when I go back home.  They think we are a bunch of stupid hick trash here.  I have to apologize for our situation even to my Republican friends.


Gee .......Another republicon who comes out of the gate pandering to the fear and hatred of the conservative base. How unique.

Jake Brown
Jake Brown

I find it interesting that we always hate on people who just follow the party line, then we hate on someone who, like Flake, follows his own principles to get things done.  Flake has been willing to buck his own party when he thinks they are wrong.  He has pushed for earmark reform as you suggest, but he also supported Bush and McCain as they tried to pass immigration reform.  He has put forward tax-and-cap proposals to limit green house gasses, and he has pushed for smaller government.

This is a man who sticks to his principles no matter what the party line says, and instead of criticizing him for his lack of accomplishment we should hope that more could be like him.   Think of how much more Congress could get done if people voted on what they thought was right and not on what would get them elected to party leadership.


Flake and Cardon are going to get their butts handed to them.

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