Thursday, February 10, 2011

READ: Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake Reacts Immediately To Kyl Retirement; "Huge Void"

Within minutes of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl announcing his retirement, leaving an open seat in 2012, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-CD6) released his reaction.  Flake is expected by many to be ready to seek the now-opening seat.

Flake did not announce his candidacy, but did say that Kyl's decision leaves a "huge void" to be filled, and that the junior Senator has been "a lodestar" and a personal "mentor for many years.

The full release is below the jump.
Congressman Flake Releases Statement on Retirement of Senator Kyl

Kyl’s Retirement Will Create Huge Void

Washington, D.C., Feb 10 - Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today released the following statement regarding the announcement by Senator Jon Kyl that he will not seek reelection.

“Senator Kyl is the quintessential workhorse,” said Flake. “With his retirement, Arizona will lose a tireless advocate, the country will lose a stalwart on national defense and foreign affairs, and Republicans will lose a lodestar in the Senate.”

“While we can expect Senator Kyl to remain engaged in public policy and committed to Arizona’s interests long into the future, his retirement will create a huge void.”

“On a personal level, Senator Kyl has been a mentor for many years, and I’m extremely grateful for his friendship.”

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