Add another little-known Republican to the U.S. Senate race in North Carolina.
Bill Flynn, a Winston-Salem radio host, announced Sunday he would challenge for the GOP nomination and a chance to beat Democrat Kay Hagan.
Flynn ran against U.S. Rep. Howard Coble of Greensboro in the 2012 GOP primary and finished second in a three-way race with 22 percent of the vote. Coble received 57 percent. He hosts a morning radio show on WEGO, 980 AM.
“The biggest issue that’s facing our country is the lack of consistently Constitutional government,” Flynn told a crowd of 50 in his hometown of Kernersville, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “When you see, you know, the president acting outside the boundaries of his executive authority, when you see Congress not doing the will of the people as much as it is maybe doing the convenient thing, if you will, these things have to be challenged, they have to be articulated. They have to be articulated over and over again to a broad audience, which ties back in with my background as a broadcaster, that’s kind of what I’ve been doing as a profession for 35 years now.”
The newspaper reported that Flynn said Hagan “is toxic to the goodness of America.”
His remarks echo two other candidates who consider themselves “constitutional conservatives,” Greg Brannon and Heather Grant. All three are likely to chase more prominent candidates Thom Tillis and Mark Harris. Tillis is the Republican speaker of the N.C. House and Harris is president of the Baptist State Convention in North Carolina.
Flynn’s entry is only likely to split the tea party vote and boost candidates with more name recognition and money, such as Tillis and Harris.