WASHINGTON (AP) - Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince is considering a Republican primary challenge to Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, a senior member of the Senate GOP leadership.
That race that could pit the party's establishment against insurgents fueled by allies of President Donald Trump.
Prince was in Wyoming this weekend to discuss a possible Senate campaign with family members and has been encouraged to run by Steve Bannon, a former top White House strategist. Prince is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party.
Prince, a former Navy SEAL, rose to prominence during the Iraq war when his private security company received lucrative government contracts and came under scrutiny when several Blackwater employees were involved in the shooting deaths of 14 civilians in Baghdad in 2007.