Ex-Navy SEAL running for Congress breaks federal regulations and common sense

Jack Murphy
December 13, 2019 - 11:40 am
Special Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Floyd Mclendon announces the 84th overall selection in the Third Round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.

DVIDs, Photo by Ronald M Tackitt

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Retired Navy SEAL Floyd McLendon and now congressional candidate kicked off his campaign last month while wearing his Navy dress whites in a clear breach of Department of Defense policy which limits current and retired service members from conducting political activities in their uniform. Adding insult to injury was the fact that McLendon held his inaugural campaign event in the 30th Congressional District despite running in the 32nd, which is unusual if not unheard of. Most congressional candidates hold these events in the districts in which they are running for office.

McLendon is running as a pro-Trump Christian conservative. 

On the Facebook page for his congressional run he says, "Even in institutions full of great men and women, such as the FBI, scum rises to the top. The Horowitz report shows how entrenched The Deep State is AND how hard they've been working to see Trump removed since the day we elected him." In another post, he claims, "We can no longer brush aside the radical, socialist ideas forming behind Democrats' closed doors."

Leaning on his background as a retired SEAL appears to play a big role in McLendon's congressional campaign. In another Facebook post he writes, "As a retired US Navy Seal, I learned early into my military career just how many obstacles outside forces are going to throw into your path on your journey to success. I also learned that the values America holds dear-- Courage, perseverance, and dignity-- are the traits that will help you overcome. Right now, our nation is facing the greatest upheaval in modern history. We are taking back our country from the clutches of socialist dogma and reawakening the American spirit." He also pledges to work on addressing veteran suicides and psychiatric care.

On his campaign page, McLendon writes that he initially joined the Navy as an electronic's technician but after six years he decided he wanted to become a SEAL. Although he failed his first attempt at BUD/S due to an injury, he went back and graduated with BUD/S class #254. He also says he participated in two combat deployments, to Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Connecting Vets reached out to the McLendon campaign for comment and will update this story as needed.

Note: the lead picture on this story comes from the 2013 NFL draft picks in which McLendon attended as part of a Navy recruitment event.

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