Jeff Flake

Midterm losers and retired politicians sign on as political pundits

Former politicians John Kasich, Trey Gowdy, Andrew Gillum and Claire McCaskill.
Former politicians John Kasich, Trey Gowdy, Andrew Gillum and Claire McCaskill. Photos: Getty Images

Fox News announced Wednesday it signed former Republican congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina as a contributor, adding to the slew of recently retired politicians making their TV debut in 2019.

Why it matters: TV news is giving its viewers some fresh faces ahead of 2020, and as Axios' Mike Allen noted Tuesday, some of the loudest political voices are becoming those who lost in the 2018 midterms.

Jeff Flake won't primary Donald Trump in 2020

Former Sen. Jeff Flake announced on "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday he will not run for president in 2020 against President Trump.

Details: “I have always said that I do hope that there is a Republican who challenges the president in the primary. I still hope that somebody does, but that somebody won't be me. I will not be a candidate,” Flake said. The former Arizona senator will join CBS News as a contributor in a new series called "Common Ground."