Jeff Flake Joins Over Two-Dozen Former GOP Members In Launching ‘Republicans For Biden’

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Over two dozen former Republican members of Congress openly endorsed “Republicans for Biden,” an effort being launched by the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign to engage potential GOP supporters, according to Fox News.

The announcement comes as the Republican National Convention finished their first day, as delegates prepare to formally re-nominate President Trump on Monday.

Biden’s list of republican supporters includes former GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Last year Flake penned op-ed encouraging lawmakers to abandon President Trump and save their “souls,” as he backed impeachment.

Flake has since openly noted that he will not be voting for Trump, but only recently publicly endorsed Joe Biden.

“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,” the 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are supporting Joe Biden because they know what’s at stake in this election and that Trump’s failures as President have superseded partisanship,” the official continued.

In addition to Flake, other Republicans to back Biden include: Former Reps. Steve Bartlett of Texas, Bill Clinger of Pennsylvania, Tom Coleman of Missouri, Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, Charles Djou of Hawaii, Mickey Edwards of Oklahoma, Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland, Jim Greenwood of Pennsylvania, Bob Inglis of South Carolina, Jim Kolbe of Arizona, Steve Kuykendall of California, Ray LaHood of Illinois (who served as Transportation secretary in the Obama administration), Jim Leach of Iowa, Connie Morella of Maryland, Mike Parker of Mississippi, Jack Quinn of New York, Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island, Chris Shays of Connecticut, Peter Smith of Vermont, Alan Steelman of Texas, Bill Whitehurst of Virginia, Dick Zimmer of New Jersey, and Jim Walsh of New York.

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh dismissed the latest announcement in a statement to Fox News: “Joe Biden has been a failure in the Washington Swamp for a half century, so no one should be surprised when Swamp creatures gather to protect one of their own.”

“President Trump has unprecedented support — over 95 percent — among real Republican voters and is also making strong inroads in Biden’s core Democrat constituencies, like Black Americans, Latinos, and union members. President Trump’s record of success for all Americans will carry him to victory in November.”

RNC spokesman Steve Guest said Flake “has abandoned any set of principles he once professed to have in order to embrace Joe Biden, a far-left Democrat, who is the bannerman for AOC & Bernie Sanders’ $93 trillion Green New Deal agenda of raising taxes on the middle class and forcing government control of health care on to the American people.”

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While Democrats will do what they can this week to steal GOP thunder during their convention (just as the Trump campaign did during the Democrats’), the president is poised to quickly reclaim the spotlight.

A Trump campaign official told Fox News that Trump will be “actively engaged in each night” of the convention; his appearances are likely to take place during the 10 p.m. hour.

The Trump campaign announced the full roster of speakers for the convention on Sunday. The list shows that other members of the Trump family will appear each night, including first lady Melania Trump; the president’s children: Ivanka, Tiffany, Donald Jr., and Eric and his wife Lara Trump. And they’re sure to feature converted supporters as well, including Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who announced last year he was switching parties to become a Republican.

Other speakers will include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and UFC president Dana White.