Local broadcaster Bill Flynn announces run for U.S. Senate

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Bill Flynn (Andrew Dye/Winston-Salem Journal)

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Although the primary election is more than five months away, another Republican challenger, Bill Flynn, has tossed his name into the hat to run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Kay Hagan.

Flynn, 55, who announced his candidacy Sunday at a “Sunday Funday” event in Kernersville, was born in Kentucky and has lived in North Carolina since 1966 and in Forsyth County since 1983.

He currently lives in Kernersville and works as a radio broadcast host on WEGO 980 AM, owned by Truth Broadcasting Corp.

Flynn spoke to a crowd of about 50 people under a picnic shelter at Triad Park, discussing his political views and ideology.

“The biggest issue that’s facing our country is the lack of consistently Constitutional government,” he said. “ 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.”

Flynn said he believes Hagan is “wrong for North Carolina.”

“Kay Hagan is toxic to the goodness of America. And we have to challenge that, and we will,” he said.

He also said the government is getting involved in unnecessary things, such as health care. “Our government is attacking us,” he said. “You can have government that protects your rights or is ambivalent to your rights, but the worst mode is when government is hostile to your rights, and I submit to you and if you agree, let me know, that our government is hostile to our rights.”

Hagan, who defeated Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole to win election to the Senate in 2008, is running for re-election.

Susan Campbell, chair of the Forsyth County Democratic Party, said that although it is early in the race, she feels there is a lot of energy behind Hagan’s campaign. “She’ll be at the top of our ticket,” she said. “She’s the incumbent, and I think she’s coming from a place of strength.”

Scott Cumbie, chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party, said that although Hagan has the Democratic Party’s backing and money for a campaign, her vulnerabilities lie in her allegiance to the party.

“When it comes to policy issues, she’s just a puppet of the Democratic Party, and it’s hard to see where she’s done anything that’s had any original thought,” he said.

Cumbie also said that it is important for all the Republican candidates to begin making connections with citizens across the state.

“Any candidate, Bill Flynn included, needs to connect with people, have a message people can hold on to and they need to make that personal connection with people all across the state,” he said.

Rex Foster, of Lexington, attended the event Sunday and said Flynn will have his vote. ““He knows the Constitution and knows the bounds of the government,” he said.

“ He’s a solid, family-oriented, conservative Christian fellow; doesn’t want to hurt anybody but at the same time, he knows the limits of government.”

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