CNN Political Editor to Serve as ‘Political Analyst’ Instead After Backlash

Sarah Isgur Flores was originally tapped to be CNN’s political editor

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Sarah Isgur Flores announced on Friday that she would not be joining CNN as a political editor, but instead would be a political analyst. In a tweet, the former Jeff Sessions spokesperson said that she would appearances on-air and online beginning next month.

“It’s been a great vacation but I am back on twitter! And news: I will go to CNN as a Political Analyst instead. Will start next month on air and on line. See y’all soon!,” Flores said in a tweet — her first since October 2018.

A rep for CNN confirmed the role change and said Flores had proposed the change. The network added that it looked forward to Flores coming on in her new position.

“We can confirm that when Sarah came to us and proposed her role be adjusted to a political analyst instead, we agreed and we look forward to her starting in that role,” a CNN rep said.

After Politico broke the news of CNN’s decision to hire her, Flores and the network faced immediate backlash — including from many within CNN. She was originally slated to coordinate television and digital political coverage for the 2020 presidential cycle.

CNN tried to stem criticism by promising that Flores would have no role in its coverage of the justice department. After pressure from the DNC, Flores was also removed from 2020 debate coverage before ultimately being taken off all 2020 coverage.

Flores has a long history in Republican politics, including previous stints with Mitt Romney and Ted Cruz, as well as serving as deputy campaign manager for ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina during her 2016 presidential campaign.