Dan Bongino is not just a conservative talk radio host and contributor at the National Review, he’s also a former New York City police officer and a former Secret Service agent. On Monday morning, the country learned that Bongino is attempting to add one more title to his resume — member of Congress.
On Friday, Bongino filed paperwork with the FEC, forming an exploratory committee to run for the seat that will be open following the retirement of Curt Clawson from Florida’s Ninth Congressional District.
If Bongino, a close ally of former Florida congressman Lt. Col. Allen West, decides to run, he will be challenging Chauncey Goss and Francis Rooney in the Republican primary on August 30, 2016.
While the seat is considered to be a safe Republican seat, Bongino contends that it deserves a solid conservative voice. On Monday morning, he told the Sunshine State News, “We’re definitely exploring options in the 19th. It’s a conservative district and they deserve an authentic conservative voice.”
Top conservative talk radio host and editor of the Conservative Review, Mark Levin, for whom Bongino is a frequent fill-in, weighed in on a Bongino candidacy on Twitter with excitement.
Our friend Dan Bongino would be an outstanding member of Congress! https://t.co/pN3L79Fy0l
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 6, 2016
Bongino previously ran for Congress in Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District and lost a hard-fought and close race to Democrat incumbent, Rep. John Delaney.
On his Facebook page, Bongino solicited feedback from supporters to gauge their interest in his candidacy.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive from people both inside and outside the Florida district expressing their excitement and support, including an eagerness to donate to his campaign.