Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Joins CBS News as Contributor

By A.J. Katz 

Former Arizona Republican senator Jeff Flake has officially joined CBS News as a contributor.

Flake will contribute to a new series for CBS News named Common Ground. It’s a series of stories that the network says are meant to “shine a light on opposing groups coming together.”

Flake spoke about the new series (and his new gig) on CBS This Morning:

Flake left the senate earlier this month. He occasionally broke away from the Republican side of the aisle during his time in congress, and got in a number of public spats with President Trump, as a result. Flake also confirmed during today’s telecast of CBS This Morning that he will not primary President Trump in 2020.

“I’ve always said that I do hope there is a Republican who challenges President Trump,” he said. “That will not be me.”

Flake is one of a number of former public servants to enter the TV news sphere in recent weeks. Former Ohio governor John Kasich, who coincidentally hosted a Fox News show before taking office, joined CNN as a contributor. Former Democratic congressman Luis Gutierrez, and former Republican congresswoman Mia Love also joined CNN recently. Former Missouri Democratic senator Claire McCaskill joined NBC News and MSNBC after she fell short in her bid for reelection.