- Mike Durant says he will not support any of his former Republican opponents in the run-off in the Alabama Senate election.
- Durant, who finished third in the May primary, criticized advertisements that called into question his position on weapons.
- “When the bad guys win, that’s a problem,” he told 1819 News. – This is what worries me the most.
When Mike Durant ran in the Republican primary for the open Senate race in Alabama last year, the businessman and former Army pilot, known for being held prisoner in the 1993 Black Hawk Fall incident, points out as a political outsider in the mold of former President Donald Trump.
However, after a shocking campaign in which allies of his two main opponents – former Senate Chief of Staff Katie Britt and Moe Brooks – urged him to commit to gun rights in one of the country’s most conservative states, his former -the star numbers in the poll began to decline.
In last month’s primary election, Durant won 23 percent of the vote, finishing third after Britt and Brooks, who both ran in the runoff on June 21, as they were the first two to win votes in an area where no candidate received more than 50 the percentage of votes.
But Durant – who was once considered a leader in the race and now calls the political process “broken” – recently told 1819 News that he would not vote for Britt or Brooks in the upcoming runoff.
“I will not vote,” Durant told the paper. “Katie Britt doesn’t deserve to be a senator. Mo Brooks has been in politics for 40 years and all she’s doing is muttering her mouth. If that’s the best we have, we’re in trouble.”
He added: “When the bad guys win, it’s a problem. This worries me the most. I wasn’t so excited to go to Washington anyway, but I wanted to make a difference. What worries me the most is the bad people won. “
Durant is disappointed that his opponents have used a 2011 speech in which he spoke of maintaining the security of US troops in Somalia and Afghanistan – along with gun violence in major US cities – to portray him as weak in the Second Amendment. , an allegation which he flatly rejected.
While on the Rightside Radio program in April, Durant responded to political attacks on his speech.
“It’s mischaracterized,” Durant said. “I’m absolutely for the 2nd Amendment. I’ve been a hunter all my life. I have my own collection of weapons.”
He continued: “I shoot more rounds each month than most people shoot in their lifetime … If that’s the best thing you can do, (my opponents) dig up something from 10 years ago that wasn’t really what I was saying. , I guess it’s part of the game. “
The Alabama race was largely seen as a relative stalemate for Brooks – the Conservative MP backed by former President Donald Trump – but stagnant polls, averaging funds and the accusation of “waking up” led to the former the president draws his support from his longtime ally.
Durant and Britt used the opening to justify their Conservative candidacies, but negative advertisements targeting the military veteran flooded the state, damaging his campaign and causing many voters to migrate to Brooks.
Speaking to 1819 News, Durant expressed further disappointment with what he said was the current state of Republican politics.
“It was a Republican primary [Ronald] Reagan’s years were the days of Republican glory. There is a reason why we are no longer there. “Everyone has their own agenda,” he said.
He added: “Nobody cares what is right for the conservatives of this country, the backbone of this country. Reagan’s 11th Order [‘Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican’] – We are far from that. “