Conservative Mike Flynn Takes on the Establishment


Mike FlynnRemember Aaron Schock? Killer abs, big “Downton Abbey” fan, resigned in disgrace? On Tuesday, voters in Illinois’s 18th District will decide which nominee should finish the remainder of Schock’s term and perhaps represent them going further.

Out of the goodness of their hearts, Republican leadership wanted to make the choice for Illinois voters. They anointed Darin LaHood, current state senator and son of CD18’s former representative, Ray LaHood. Most recently, dad flaunted his conservative cred by serving as President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation and demanding Congress spend, spend, spend on an endless list of pet projects. LaHood Sr. now works as a lobbyist, of course, so it’s understandable that Speaker Boehner, et al., want his son to be another cog in the profitable Beltway machine.

But another Republican lives in the LaHood Family heirloom, a sprawling Central Illinois district that includes Peoria, Springfield, and Quincy. Mike Flynn is a smart, passionate conservative who decided to challenge the well connected scion and present a choice for his fellow small-government Republicans.

Flynn was the founding editor of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government website, was a senior policy director for the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, and has advocated for pro-liberty positions in several other state and national roles.

The race was supposed to be a layup for LaHood the Younger, but it hasn’t exactly gone that way. Flynn has been bolstered by endorsements from Mark Levin, Dana Loesch, blogger Ace of Spades, Stephen Moore, and other non-establishment voices. LaHood agreed to highly structured debates in which Flynn roundly thrashed him, creating viral videos and raising much-needed funds. LaHood’s campaign manager went so far as to allegedly assault the debate moderator’s staff. The reporter has filed charges.

Now, disgruntled LaHood staffers are dishing dirt on their own campaign; alleging that Illinois’s governor, Boehner, and the Chamber of Commerce are bending the rules to protect “the chosen one.” The pressure from Washington is intense, but it remains to be seen if it will play in Peoria.

Online conservatives, myself included, are quick to denounce the incestuous and nepotic Beltway establishment, but we’re often slow to take concrete steps to advance our positions. Mike Flynn isn’t just slapping his keyboard and whining about politicians — he’s doing something about it.

You can join him here. I know I will.

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  1. cdor Member

    Done, thanks for the heads up, Jon. How many times can Boehner make me puke. No question mark, it’s rhetorical.

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  2. Ricochet Member

    As an Oakland A’s fan, I find something about this guy’s photo very appealing.

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  3. Guruforhire Member

    Good we can put LaHood’s scalp next to Cantor’s.

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  4. Butters Inactive

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  5. Percival Thatcher

    Lest anyone think that Mr. Flynn might be too conservative for “bluer than blue” Illinois, my former neighbors in Ill. 18th are of the opinion that Texas would be a pretty nice state if it weren’t for all the squishes.

    This is the election.

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  6. Ricochet Inactive

    Great write up Jon. You forgot to mention that I also endorsed him on Twitter. And I’m a big deal – I’ve got like 1,200 followers or something. Anywho….I would love to see another Dave Brat-like victory. And by the way, Dave is doing pretty well. I’d love Fox to have him on in lieu of Trump.

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  7. Lucy Pevensie Inactive
    Lucy Pevensie

    I just passed this along to my one friend who lives in that area. I’m not sure whether that’s her congressional district or not, but I hope so. Thanks for the information.

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  8. Old Buckeye Inactive
    Old Buckeye

    Added to his coffers. Anything to unseat the establishment types.

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  9. Stewart Mills Inactive
    Stewart Mills

    Hope you’re right – it’s shameful that so many of these fights require an opening round against the GOP establishment before we even take on the bigger enemies of liberty.

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