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West Virginia’s gubernatorial race has been thrust into the national spotlight as Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former National Security Advisor, officially endorsed Secretary of State Mac Warner as the candidate of his choice. The endorsement came during a radio appearance on WRNR Talk Radio Show with hosts Rob Mario and Navy Admiral Bill Stubblefield.

General Flynn, a renowned intelligence and national security expert, emphasized the critical connection between free, fair, and secure elections and the legitimacy and effectiveness of government in his endorsement. He praised Secretary Warner for his exceptional work in West Virginia, particularly in building a robust and highly respected election system.

With an illustrious military career that included service with the 82nd Airborne Division, the 25th Infantry Division, and Joint Special Operations Command, General Flynn rose to prominence as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 and subsequently became the President’s National Security Advisor in 2016.

“I wholeheartedly endorse Army veteran Mac Warner to be the next Governor of West Virginia,” declared General Flynn during the radio appearance. He went on to emphasize the importance of election integrity to national security, noting that questionable elections erode public trust in government and weaken the country’s ability to protect itself.

Secretary Warner, himself a military veteran who served in Afghanistan with the U.S. State Department for five years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army after 23 years of service, expressed his pride in receiving General Flynn’s endorsement. Both men share conservative values and a deep commitment to serving the nation.

General Flynn’s endorsement highlighted West Virginia’s election integrity efforts as a model for the entire nation. Warner echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the pivotal role of elections in preserving the health and future of the Republic.

Before being elected as West Virginia’s Secretary of State in 2016, Mac Warner’s military service and dedication to public service were evident through his years of service in Afghanistan and his graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point and the WVU School of Law. He is the only military veteran seeking the Republican Party nomination for governor of West Virginia in 2024.

Notably, General Flynn is the second high-profile military officer to endorse Mac Warner for governor. Earlier this year, Brigadier General John “Doc” Bahnsen of Hancock County joined Warner and over 100 other veterans at the State Capitol to announce the formation of the “Veterans & Military Families for Warner for Governor Coalition.” This coalition, comprised of members from all 55 counties, has united in endorsing Warner’s candidacy.


For additional information about Mac Warner and his gubernatorial campaign, visit The endorsement from General Flynn adds a significant boost to Warner’s campaign as he vies for the Republican nomination in the upcoming election.


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  1. Justice Washington

    November 7, 2023 at 2:35 pm


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