The campaign of veteran and businessman Mike Durant (R) announced the endorsement of retired Lieutenant Gen. Michael T. Flynn on Tuesday. Flynn is probably best known to the public for his brief tenure as National Security Advisor for President Donald J. Trump (R) and as one of Trump’s most vocal supporters during the 2016 campaign. Prior to his retirement, Flynn served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“Mike’s career in the Army and in building a business provides him with the unique background no career politician can bring to the Senate,” Flynn said. “Just as important, Mike is a solid, 100% Trump-tough conservative. He’s got what it takes to stop the insane vaccine mandates and Biden’s march towards socialism. He’s 100% pro-life, will defend our constitutional Second Amendment rights, and finish Trump’s wall. And Mike will take on the pathetic leadership of Joe Biden on Day One. Alabama doesn’t need another career politician. I strongly and wholeheartedly endorse Mike Durant to be the outsider needed to represent Alabama in the United States Senate,” said General Flynn in a letter endorsing Durant.”

Durant thanked Flynn for the endorsement.

“I’m thankful to have General Flynn’s support and to have him on our team,” Durant said. “General Flynn is right — Alabama doesn’t need another career politician.  I’m running to serve another tour because we need more political outsiders like myself, President Trump and Coach Tuberville to shake up Washington and change business as usual. Together, we’ll beat the career politicians and deliver on the America First agenda.”

Durant is a career U.S. Army helicopter pilot who built a successful multi-million-dollar aviation business in the Huntsville area. He is best known as the helicopter pilot captured by the Somali radicals in October 1993 during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu, Somalia. Most Americans are best familiar with that through the movie, ‘Blackhawk Down.’

Durant is running in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) is retiring at the end of thirty-six years in the Senate.

The Republican primary field is crowded and includes Lillie Boddie, Katie Boyd Britt, Mo Brooks, Mike Durant, Karla Dupriest, and Jake Schafer. The eventual winner of the Republican primary will face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election on Nov. 8.

The Republican primary will be on May 24.

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