We must stop pretending that the degradation of our politics and the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal.
Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is. With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner. A return to civility and stability right behind it.
The notion that one should stay silent as the norms and values that keep America strong are undermined. And as the alliances and agreements that ensure the stability of the entire world are routinely threaten by the level of thought that goes into 140 characters. A notion that we should say or do nothing in the face of such mercurial behavior is a historic and I believe profoundly misguided.
I've decided that I would be better able to represent the people of Arizona, and to better serve my country, and my conscience by freeing myself from political consideration that consume far too much bandwidth and would cause me to comprise far too many principles. To that end I'm announcing today, that my service in the Senate will conclude at the end of my term in early January 2019.