Jeff Flake, the former Never Trump “Republican” senator from Arizona who retired rather than facing his constituents in another election, is currently in talks with CBS News. The Hollywood Reporter stated that Jeff Flake had been seen at CBS’s Manhattan office on Friday.
The Hollywood Reporter continues:
After retiring from the U.S. Senate last week, Jeff Flake is still looking for his “next thing.” It might just be at CBS News, which has engaged in talks with the Arizona Republican about a role at the network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Flake, who emerged as one of President Donald Trump’s biggest critics and might challenge him for the party nomination in 2020, was spotted last Friday at the network’s Manhattan headquarters.
Flake could serve in the standard role for ex-politicians as an on-air contributor — or as something more, according to knowledgeable sources.
I think a primary challenge by Jeff Flake would be absolutely hilarious. Flake’s particular brand of holier-than-thou, “moderate” Republicanism would fare rather poorly in a party that still overwhelmingly supports President Trump. Any primary challenge by Flake would be red meat for President Trump’s brand of bare-knuckle campaigning. The political bloodbath that would ensue would be truly epic.
Rumors about a possible role with a major news network have been swirling around Jeff Flake for months. The Daily Beast reported in June that Flake had been in talks with representatives from CNN and MSNBC about becoming a regular contributor.
President Trump himself said Wednesday during a cabinet meeting that Jeff Flake would “probably go to work for CNN. That’s my prediction.”
CBS News has, thus far, declined to comment.