Flynn, who used to write for Breitbart's Big Hollywood, is the conservative choice in the race in Illinois' 18th Congressional District.
From Derek Hunter in Townhall:
I loved and supported the idea, but I knew there would be many who wouldn't. Mike is a principled conservative, and principled conservatives aren't really what the GOP establishment wants in Congress. Boehner and his boys won’t get the votes they want from a Mike Flynn because he wouldn't be going there to make friends or get cushy committee assignments. He'd be going there to stop them from screwing us over as much as he would be to stop Democrats from doing the same.
The party spit out its own candidate, of course. It went for name recognition over conservative values and put up Darin LaHood, son of squishy former GOP congressman and Obama Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The choice is pretty clear for conservatives. As National Review put it, "The Establishment and the Tea Party Face Off in Illinois."
Even though this may seem like a local race, it is a national fight. It's an opportunity for Tea Party conservatives to flex their muscle and send a message to Republican leadership in Washington that we aren't happy with the way you've caved to the president in nearly every fight, and we do not support amnesty for illegal aliens, legislatively or through executive action. ENOUGH! We aren't going to send your failed leadership reinforcements; we’re going to send replacements.