12 former GOP congessmen and “Never Trump” politicians tried to steal the thunder from the Republican National Convention on Monday, surprising many political experts.
Former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona led the roster of former Republican lawmakers and endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“Republicans for Biden,” they call themselves.
Flake is one of more than two dozen former Republican lawmakers to announce their support for Biden. Former Reps. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, Jim Leach of Iowa, and Sen. John Warner of Virginia are among former Republican lawmakers who also have endorsed Biden.
Flake was one of President Donald Trump’s most consistent Republican critics in the Senate. He had previously penned an Op-Ed in The Washington Post in support of Trump’s impeachment.
Flake retired from the Senate at the end of his term in 2019, saying he was out of step with the Republican Party in the era of Trump. He later wrote a book, “Conscience of a Conservative,” that was a critique of Trump.
The endorsement has only been the latest move in GOP support of Biden.
Just last week, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Biden’s behalf.
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According to The Hill, the former vice president’s campaign announced the “Republicans for Biden” endorsement.
“These former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden,” a Biden campaign official told Fox News.
“These former Members of Congress are supporting Joe Biden because they know what’s at stake in this election and that Trump’s failures as President have superseded partisanship.”