What’s the GOP’s Arizona Recruitment Strategy? (Hint: It’s About $$$)

If you thought the Republican establishment might listen to the people of Arizona and let them decide who their nominees for U.S. Senate should be, you’re wrong. Politico has the story:

“Senate Leadership Fund has already begun touching base with benefactors in Arizona to take their temperature on possible Flake alternatives.”
You read that right: the Republican establishment is already reaching out to wealthy special interests to handpick his replacement.

Of course, whoever Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP establishment donors picks is going to be an instant pariah among grassroots Republicans. From Luther Strange to Matt Rosendale to Josh Hawley, Republican candidates are in hot water over their establishment ties. And don’t forget Jeff Flake had the public support of McConnell and the Senate Leadership Fund before he gave up on reelection.

“The Republican establishment hasn’t learned a thing from their defeats in Alabama and Arizona. Already Mitch McConnell’s super-PAC is ignoring grassroots activists and recruiting candidates based on recommendations from deep-pocketed special interests. This is exactly the kind of Republican dysfunction that makes Arizona a prime opportunity for Democrats in 2018,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.