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Passing of Mike Flynn: Family Man, Warrior, Friend

June 24, 2016 | Filed Under Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off on


Passing of Mike Flynn: Family Man, Warrior, Friend

-By Warner Todd Huston


Andrew Breitbart (left) and Mike Flynn.

It is with incredible sadness that I report the passing of my friend Mike Flynn.

**UPDATE** The Flynn family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with education expenses for his children. You can contribute HERE.

Mike was a one of Andrew Breitbart’s first hires for the site Big Government and was instrumental in the slow roll out of the ACORN videos that laid low an entire, entrenched liberal institution of graft and thievery.

But Mike was also a fantastic guy who was passionate about cleaning up Washington and even ran for Congress from Illinois this past cycle.

His widow, Holly, released a statement about her beloved husband’s sudden passing:

It is with extreme sadness and heartbreak to announce that Mike Flynn, an Editor at Breitbart News, unexpectedly passed away Thursday evening.

While Mike had many accomplishments, what he was most proud of, was being an amazing father, husband, son, and friend to all who knew him.

The family wishes for privacy at this difficult time.

Still a member of the Breitbart team despite his run for Congress, Breitbart CEO Larry Solov also released a statement:

Mike was a dear friend and was there in the trenches with us from the beginning. He was our original editor of the Big Government website and is and will forever remain an indelible part of Breitbart. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to his family on this terrible night. Mike will be sorely missed,” said Larry Solov, President and CEO of Breitbart News Network.

Also, Breitbart executive chairman Stephen Bannon, said, “Mike was a fighter, first and foremost. Whether he was running for Congress, serving as a Cruz delegate, or driving narratives on the pages of Breitbart News, he lived his life to advance the cause of liberty.”

Mike was just about to enter into a new venture here in the Land of Lincoln with some of us in an effort to hold Springfield accountable and he will be sorely missed not just for the hole he is leaving in that project, but for the hole he leaves in all our lives.

For me, I am shocked by Mike’s passing. Only in his early 60s, he was way, way too young to go.

Mike, the sixth generation of Flynns born in Illinois, worked for Reason magazine and was also a former policy director for the American Legislative Exchange Council based in Washington D.C. He was set to be a Cruz delagagte at the upcoming GOP National Convention in Cleveland.

Mike is survived by his wife, Holly Flynn Pitt-Young, and a daughter Riley Flynn, from a previous marriage.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing news, opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that wrote articles on U.S. history for several American history magazines. Huston is a featured writer for Andrew Breitbart’s Breitbart News, and he appears on such sites as RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, Federalist Papers, and many, many others. Huston has also appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and many local TV shows as well as numerous talk radio shows throughout the country.

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