Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) argued the popular tea party position that state legislators, not citizens, should choose U.S. senators -- at a campaign event urging voters to choose him as a Senate nominee.
From the Payson Roundup:
Flake advocated additional deep cuts in taxes and spending and the wholesale repeal of federal regulations. He said he opposed any restrictions on guns, ammunition or magazines, despite a string of recent shootings. He also said he favored eliminating both the federal Department of Energy and the Department of Education. He even said he preferred having state legislatures appoint U.S. Senators instead of the voters, a system that changed in 1912 with the adoption of the 17th Amendment.</blockquote>
Repealing the 17th Amendment is an idea that has generated buzz in tea party circles since 2010.