Kevin Hayslett touts endorsement from Michael Flynn

This latest endorsement may give Hayslett a much-needed boost.

Former Donald Trump advisor Michael Flynn is endorsing Republican congressional candidate Kevin Hayslett. The announcement comes less than a week before the GOP Primary in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

Flynn served as the former President’s first National Security Advisor. He has established himself as one of the most prominent GOP figures nationally and continues to travel the country promoting conservative causes. Flynn was pardoned during Trump’s presidency after twice pleading guilty to lying to the FBI. He also led efforts to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory.

“We need leaders who will stand up against the establishment and those in the Washington DC swamp. Kevin is that type of leader. He is a solid, reliable, consistent conservative and the only Trump Republican running for Congress in FL-13,” Flynn said in a statement.

“I pray the people of the 13th District will join me as we choose new, fresh, leaders that will take us into a brighter future, one that our children and grandchildren can be proud of. Kevin Hayslett is exactly the right choice!”

This latest endorsement may give Hayslett a much-needed Trump boost.

Hayslett has repeatedly attempted to align himself with the former President in advertisements, especially on the topic of immigration. But, he lacks one thing: an endorsement from Trump himself.

That coveted endorsement instead went to Hayslett’s opponent, Air Force veteran Anna Paulina Luna. Luna and Hayslett have gone head-to-head in the weeks leading up to the Primary, spending big on attack ads and taunting each other with who has more allegiance to Trump.

Notably, a June poll found Trump remains popular with 85% of Republicans in the district. Just one in seven said they disapproved of him.

“I’m honored to have the support of General Flynn, one of President Trump’s closest allies, and someone who has served our country for over three decades,” Hayslett said in a statement.

“Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have destroyed this country with their disastrous border policies and record inflation. It’s time for a course correction, and it’s time to stand up to the D.C. establishment, and that’s exactly what I’ll do in Congress.”

Hayslett has also garnered endorsements from prominent Sheriffs from across Tampa Bay, including Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. He’s also earned support from House Speaker Chris Sprowls.

In addition to Luna, Hayslett faces Republican strategist Amanda Makki, Moneer Kheireddine and Christine Quinn in the GOP Primary.

The district, which has changed due to redistricting, now extends further north into traditionally red parts of Pinellas County and eliminates parts of St. Petersburg, the currently drawn district’s largest city and a Democratic stronghold.

The district shifted from one where Biden won the 2020 Presidential Election by 4 percentage points to a seat Trump won by 7 points. This has left one Democratic candidate — former Barack Obama administration official Eric Lynn — in the race.

Candidates are running to replace outgoing Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist as he runs for Governor.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Joe Corsin

    August 17, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Vote RED for election thieves and sex criminals
    Vote RED for abominable grifters
    Vote RED for exploitation by the super rich
    Vote RED for phoney religious people
    Vote RED for terrorist sympathizers

    • M

      August 19, 2022 at 8:59 am

      You’re an idiot.

  • David Happe

    August 17, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Vote Kevin Haslett!!

  • Rob Blackmon

    August 17, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    I really wish I would have endorsed Kevin Haslett. Luna is evil and tried to sleep with me multiple times. When I said no she threatened me and said she would go to the cops. Vote Kevin

    • Dave Edwards

      August 18, 2022 at 6:56 pm

      In your dreams. Why not go tell her husband to his face what you are claiming little man.

  • Michael N. Mattia

    August 18, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    I am a retired Regular Army Colonel living in Tarpon Springs who whole heartedly concurs with LTG ( ret ) Flynn’s endorsement of KEVIN HAYSLETT. With one son a Graduate of Annapolis and another entering his 3rd year at West Point, Kevin has a personal vested interest in making sure we do not allow ourselves to get into another useless war using our young warriors as cannon fodder.

    Vote for HAYSLETT

    • Dave Edwards

      August 18, 2022 at 6:58 pm

      Thank you for your service. But sad to anyone supporting a scum lawyer like Kevin. It’s obvious Rino’s like the Bush’s are behind him. Tuesday night is going to be ugly for him and I’ll be interested to see if he has the balls to call Anna to congratulate her.

  • Daniel Stanhope

    August 23, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Hayslett’s mailings show him between pictures of DeSantis and Trump. But Trump has endorsed Luna, as has Newt Gingrich, Jim Jordan, Charlie Kirk, Elise Stephanik, Greg Steube, Burgess Owens, Richard Grenell, The House Freedom Fund, Turning Point Action, Gun Owners of Aerica, and many more. Sorry about the smears from Flynn but I think I’ll go with all those endorsements.

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