Meet Erik Prince, former Navy SEAL and founder of the most notorious security contractor who Steve Bannon wants to run for Senate
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Erik Prince, founder of the security contractor originally known as Blackwater, is eyeing a Republican primary challenge against Sen. John Barrasso, who will be up for reelection in the 2018 midterms.
Steve Bannon, the former White House senior adviser and current chairman of Breitbart News, has pushed Prince to run as part of his effort to replace "establishment" Republicans in Congress with people Bannon believes will support President Donald Trump's legislative agenda.Prince, 48, has worked for and donated to numerous Republican candidates and causes, including Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California and conservative Christian lobbying groups. He supported Trump's presidential run, contributing $250,000 to his campaign efforts.
Although he has never held public office, Prince's potential candidacy comes with significant baggage. Here's a look at his storied life and career thus far: