Dark horse candidate Bryan McKinney looks to spoil ‘war of the titans’ in bid to be West Virginia’s next U.S. Senator

By Matthew Young, RealWV

“I was out with my oldest daughter, who was 10 at the time. We were talking about American politics for some reason, and she said, ‘Dad, you keep talking about all these bad people, and all these problems in government. If you were in charge, would you do the right thing?’ And that really hit me, because she was challenging me to stop complaining and do something about it.”

That’s what candidate Bryan McKinney told RealWV Wednesday, regarding his decision to seek election to the U.S. Senate. In a high-profile race headlined by Gov. Jim Justice and Congressman Alex Mooney, McKinney is one of seven contenders to be the Republican nominee to succeed the retiring Sen. Joe Manchin as West Virginia’s representative in Washington, D.C.

“I looked at the candidates who were running on the Republican side – Mr. Justice and Mr. Mooney – and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, is that the best we have?’” McKinney explained. “I had a really good year [at work], and it was either run for office, or give my wife a new porch.”

Since launching his campaign, McKinney said that it has been far better received than he could have imagined, noting that, “People in general loathe career politicians.” The positive reception, McKinney added, motivated him to “put forth all the effort I can to try to win.”

McKinney, a husband and father of six children, describes himself as “anti-establishment.” In addition to his pro-life stance and support of unrestricted gun ownership, McKinney has proposed the repeal of all federal income taxes; instead advocated for a national three-percent sales tax on the purchase of new goods. 

McKinney is also a firm believer in term limits.

“People on the left and the right, about 75-to-80% of them want term limits and new, fresh faces,” McKinney said. “I think I can appeal to moderate Democrats. Although I can say that we may not agree on every issue, I’ll be much better for your wallet.”

“I’m not your traditional Republican,” Mckinney continued. “I’m a Republican because I’m pro-life and for smaller, limited government. I’m going to let you live your life the way you want it. But I want term limits, and I want the government to stop spending all of our money.”

“I’ve run into so many people who switched their registration to Independent because they’re so tired of the Republican Party’s antics across the state,” McKinney added. “It’s very divisive. We’ve got a lot of work to do as Republicans to fix our image in this state, and the country, if we’re going to continue to have people’s support.”

According to McKinney, a unifying issue throughout all of West Virginia’s 55 counties is the lack of fulfilling, higher-paying jobs, a situation for which he faults the government’s over-taxation and over-regulation. 

“Instead of bringing Form Energy here, why didn’t someone get on the phone with Honda, Ford, and Toyota and say that we want to make half-a-million cars and trucks in the State of West Virginia in the next five-to-ten years – as well as regular lead acid batteries, instead of the electric stuff?” McKinney asked. “We give these agreements to these companies. Then when those run out, those companies leave because their taxes start going up.”

“We need to look at other states that do it the correct way, and say, ‘Okay, West Virginia can do it better,’” McKinney added. “This state is not poor because private industry failed. This state is poor because government did what government does best – it takes from those that have and makes itself wealthy.”

With five other lesser-known Republican candidates challenging for the nomination, McKinney says it is no longer a “war of the titans” between Mooney and Justice. 

“People have told me that they’re going to vote for me because I’m not one of those guys (Justice and Mooney),” McKinney noted. “And I say, ‘That’s great, but still look up what I stand for. If you don’t like what I stand for, there’s four other candidates – maybe you’d feel one of those guys would be better for you.’”

McKinney, who believes he is the “we the people candidate,” advocates for dissolving the Internal Revenue Service, securing the country’s southern border, discontinuing trade with China and other Communist nations, and withdrawing from the United Nations. 

“I’m a pretty simple guy,” McKinney said. “Small government, term limits, no to most spending – just the way it used to be.”

For more information about Bryan McKinney’s campaign for the United States Senate, visit his website, at deathtotaxes.com

“If I were to win, and beat Justice and Mooney, so many eyes would be on this state,” McKinney added. “People would ask, ‘Well what the heck did this guy do to beat those two goliaths?’ And then a lot of other candidates would see that’s the recipe for success – freedom, limited government, term limits. I think that would be really great for West Virginia.”

Primary Election Day in West Virginia is Tuesday, May 14. Voters must be registered either as independent, or a member of a particular political party to vote in that party’s primary election. 

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