Breitbart editor running for Aaron Schock's seat
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An editor for the conservative website Breitbart News on Thursday announced he will run for the House seat vacated by former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).

Mike Flynn launched his campaign for the seat representing Illinois’s 18th District from his hometown of Quincy.  

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“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.

Schock departed Congress on March 26 amid allegations that he improperly used taxpayer dollars in violation of ethics rules.

“I leave here with sadness and humility,” he told colleagues during his farewell speech on the House floor.

“For those whom I’ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you,” Schock said.

Federal prosecutors began investigating Schock for possible wrongdoing on March 20.

He allegedly spent tax dollars on activities ranging from private airplane flights to redecorating his House office to match the TV series “Downton Abbey.”