- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2015

A journalist enters politics: Mike Flynn - a former policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council who founded BigGovernment.com with the late media maven Andrew Breitbart - now plans to run as a conservative candidate for Congress in the special election for Illinois’ 18th Congressional District, following the resignation of Aaron Schock.  Mr. Flynn is a sixth generation native of central Illinois.

“The political party bosses in Washington and Springfield, and the special interests that they represent, wanted a coronation for their handpicked candidate. 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,” Mr. Flynn declares. “The issues we face are far too serious to simply anoint another party soldier.”

His campaign is now up and running, with some powerful voices chiming in. Bloomberg News has already classified Mr. Flynn as the “conservative media warrior” who’s set on a run for Congress.

“Mike has long worked behind the scenes in grassroots politics, working to beat both Democrats and RINOs. As an editor at Breitbart.com, he helped Andrew Breitbart expose the hypocrisy of liberals, hold Republican leaders accountable, and highlight the failures of big government,” says RedState.com founder Erick Erickson in a new campaign outreach released Friday.

“His reporting was instrumental in bringing down leftist-group ACORN and helped make investigative journalist James O’Keefe a household name. His credentials in the conservative movement are un-matched,” Mr Erickson notes.

“His opponent in the primary is State Senator Darin LaHood, the son of Obama’s former Secretary of Transportation. It should be obvious from those credentials that he’s the establishment’s choice in this race. He’s definitely not my choice,” he adds.

And the background: Mr. Schock resigned on March 31 after investigations revealed he had potentially misused campaign funds. The primary election will be July 7, with the general election scheduled for September 10.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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