Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R-Ariz.) is facing criticism from an early primary opponent for voicing concerns about President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. 

Click Here: Fjallraven Kanken Art Spring Landscape BackpacksKelli Ward, who lost a primary bid against Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Cindy McCain ‘disappointed’ McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell Report that Bush won’t support Trump reelection ‘completely made up,’ spokesman says MORE (R-Ariz.) last year, ripped Flake, saying he and Democrats are “suffering from derangement syndrome.”  “Hillary [Clinton] supporters like CNN and [Evan] McMullin supporters like Flake are still upset that the American people rejected their anti-American agenda in the election,” Ward said in a statement. She added that questioning the timing of Comey’s firing — which comes as the FBI is investigating Russia’s meddling in the presidential election and any contact between Trump’s team and Moscow — is “simply another way to attack our president.” “The establishment opposition has been reduced to pushing wild conspiracy theories in the hopes that it will delegitimize our President. People didn’t buy their snake oil in November and they aren’t buying it now,” she said. ADVERTISEMENTFlake said in the wake of Trump’s announcement on Tuesday night that he had “spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey’s firing. I just can’t do it.” He is one of more than a dozen GOP senators, including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrExclusive investigation on the coronavirus pandemic: Where was Congress? Trump asserts his power over Republicans FISA ‘reform’: Groundhog Day edition MORE (R-N.C.), who have voiced concerns about Comey’s firing. The GOP senator has been one of the most vocal critics of Trump dating back to his presidential campaign, including having a tense moment with then-nominee during a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans last year. Flake publicly struggled for months during the campaign with Trump’s rhetoric, telling reporters in July that “I just can’t support him given the things he’s said.” He ultimately voted for McMullin. Ward, by contrast, has aligned herself closely with Trump and has tried to position herself as an anti-establishment candidate in the president’s mold.  She echoed Trump’s campaign language on Twitter Wednesday, saying, “when you want to #MAGA [Make America Great Again], the choice is clear. Time for AZ to #DrainTheSwamp!”

She previously ran against McCain in the 2016 Republican Senate primary but lost by roughly 13 points. Flake said last year, when Ward announced her challenge, that he expected to get both a primary and general election opponent. “Shots at a seat in the Senate don’t come along very often, so we fully expect capable challengers next cycle, both in the primary and the general,” he said in a statement.  Flake joined the Senate in 2013 after spending roughly 12 years in the House. He is one of nine Republicans up for reelection in 2018.  Ward had more than $103,000 in the bank at the end of March, according to the Federal Election Commission. Flake had more than $1.79 million.

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