-By Warner Todd Huston
I have known Mike Flynn for several years, now, and work with him at Breitbart.com, now he has announced his run to replace the disgraced Aaron Schock in the Illinois 18th Congressional District.
According to The Hill, Flynn launched his campaign from his home town of Quincy, Illinois.
“The political party bosses in Washington and Springfield, and the special interests they represent, wanted a coronation for their hand-picked candidate,” Flynn said in a statement.
“Yet another go-along-to-get-along seat warmer who won’t challenge the status quo.”
“Central Illinois deserves a choice and as a lifelong conservative reformer, I plan to give them one.”
The conservative journalist will compete in a primary election on July 7. The special election will be held Sept. 10.
Flynn’s entrance into the race is a challenge to state Sen. Darin LaHood, the GOP’s favorite to replace Schock in the heavily Republican district. LaHood is the son of former Transportation Secretary and former Illinois Rep. Ray LaHood.
Flynn on Thursday vowed that other candidates for the district’s seat would have their ideas tested.
“The issues we face are far too serious to anoint another party soldier,” he said.
“I’m excited to use my deep knowledge of policy and the media to fight for conservative principles in Washington, not just occupy another seat,” Flynn said.
Flynn would be a great addition to the conservative caucus in D.C.
The establishment choice is, of course, Darin LaHood, son of the left-wing RINIO who was once Obama’s Secretary of Transportation.
LaHood the younger has a reputation as a fiscal conservative, but with his family pedigree and his past failed record as a prosecutor, I say he is a horrible candidate.
And we don’t need any more dynasties. It’s bad enough LaHood is in state government. He doesn’t need to be in Congress.