Arizona conservatives’ reaction to Sen. Jeff Flake’s claim that the Republican Party has lost its way appeared to be as divided Monday as the party itself.
Flake is making the rounds to promote his new book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” arguing in an interview Monday that the “party is being compromised” by non-conservative values like populism and anti-immigrant rhetoric. He also issued a call for a return to civility and bipartisanship that he said is lacking in today’s politics.
Flake, who kicked off the round of book interviews with an appearance Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” said Monday that response to the book has been generally positive.
But he acknowledged that not everyone has been happy with the message.
“There will be some who don’t like conservative politics and don’t see it that way,” Flake said.
Corky Haynes is one of them.
“The Republican Party has not lost their way, it’s people like (fellow Arizona Sen. John) McCain and Flake who have lost their way,” said Haynes, a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention. “We are working hard to get the Republican Party back on track.”
“Actions speak louder than words,” Haynes said of Flake. “Every time we turn around, he’s not supporting what the people of Arizona want.”
But others, like conservative radio talk show host Mike Broomhead, defended Flake’s push for bipartisanship, even though he said it will be tough to pull off.
“Ideologically, it is the right to do, it’s the right thing to say and it’s the right thing to hope for,” Broomhead said. “I just don’t know who’s going to be the ones to make the first…
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