Mike Durant signs U.S. term limits pledge — ‘Washington is full of a bunch of corrupt lying politicians’

By Dylan Smith January 26, 2022

Mike Durant, Republican candidate for Alabama’s open U.S. Senate seat, on Wednesday announced his support for a constitutional amendment instituting term limits for members of Congress.

Throughout his campaign, the U.S. Army veteran has taken aim at who he refers to as “career politicians,” vowing to challenge the existing condition of Capitol Hill.

In announcing his signing of the U.S. term limits pledge, Durant took a shot at GOP primary opponents U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and Katie Britt, who formerly served as chief of staff for retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala).

“Washington is full of a bunch of corrupt lying politicians who will do anything to live off the public and get rich off us,” proclaimed Durant. “The last thing we need is another career politician like Congressman Brooks or Chief of Staff Katie Boyd Britt in the Senate where they will serve until they die or are defeated. They’re cut from the same cloth as the career politician in the White House – politicians who have never held a real job and haven’t had to live in the real world.”

While on the campaign trail, Durant, a first-time candidate for public office, has routinely invoked the successful 2020 senatorial candidacy of U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala). Durant has asserted that his positioning as a “political outsider” makes his candidacy appealing to the Republican base.

“We need more political outsiders like myself, President Trump and Coach Tuberville to shake up Washington and change business as usual,” added Durant. “I’m running to serve another tour as the socialist left threatens the values and future of our country. I’ll do my job and come back home – like the founders of our country intended.”

The U.S. term limits pledge affirms a candidate’s support for a constitutional amendment prohibiting U.S. representatives from serving more than three terms and U.S. senators from holding office no longer than two terms.

The primary election is scheduled to take place on May 24, 2022.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

ABOUT MIKE DURANT

On October 3rd, 1993, during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu Somalia, “Super Six Four,” the Blackhawk helicopter flown by Mike Durant, was hit by an RPG and crashed in the city.

Mike and and his crew, Ray Frank, Bill Cleveland, and Tommy Field, all badly injured, fought for their lives as a violent mob approached. Witnessing what was about to happen from above, two members of the elite Special Operations unit Delta Force – MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart – volunteered to be inserted to defend them. They too were eventually overcome by the mob.

But Mike Durant, somehow survived, was captured and held as a POW by Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The heroic actions of Gordon and Shughart – who were both posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor – are the reason Mike is alive today. Mike has seen sacrifice – fellow service members who put honor, country, and mission above all else. He knows firsthand that the United States leaves no one behind.

While in captivity, Mike heard the voice and promise of Dan Jollota broadcast from the sky:

“Mike Durant, we will not leave without you.”

Now, Mike is signing up for one more tour of duty to serve his country and Alabama in the United States Senate.

He’s watched as the Biden administration has deserted these core principles – abandoning our allies, along with American citizens, in Afghanistan; cowering to the influence of the Chinese as they evade responsibility for the Wuhan Virus; and letting the radical left open our borders and try and re-define the essence of what America stands for through misguided and distorted revisions of our history like “critical race theory”.

Mike believes that President Trump was the first President in his lifetime who always pushed for policies that put America first. That’s because he knows that America is more than just a country – it is a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.

President Trump knew it, Mike Durant lived it. And he will carry that vision forward in the U.S. Senate.

Mike Durant was released from captivity in Somalia after 11 days. He would later write a book titled In the Company of Heroes, about his experience on that mission in Somalia and the many other missions he participated in during his career. He also wrote The Night Stalkers, about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in which he served.

After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, Mike moved to Alabama with his family to start a new chapter in his life. He started and grew a highly successful business – Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and services company based in Huntsville.

In thirteen years, Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup to over 500 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in sixteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mike’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards.

He and his wife Lisa (also an Army Aviator) reside in Huntsville and have a family of six children, four boys and two girls, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.