Man who inspired ‘Sound of Freedom’ movie considers run for Mitt Romney’s Senate seat

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In the wake of Republican Sen. Mitt Romney’s announcement that he has no intentions to run for reelection in 2024, the former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent who served as the inspiration of the film “Sound of Freedom” has reportedly signaled his interest in running for the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat.

Earlier in September, Sen. Romney made a formal announcement that he has no intentions to run for office again when campaign season goes into full swing in 2024, remarking how he’d be in his 80s by the time a second term was completed.

“At the end of another term," Romney said, "I’d be in my mid-80s. Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders. They’re the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in.”

Sen. Romney, who has earned the ire of Republican voters for not only voting to impeach former President Trump in 2020 over allegations of abuse of power but also voting to impeach in 2021, emphasized that while he isn’t taking another run for office in 2024, he isn’t “retiring from the fight,” and stated, “I’ll be your United States senator until January of 2025.”

With the impending void for a would-be Republican candidate in the Senate, former DHS agent Tim Ballard hinted during a Newsmax appearance earlier in September that he might take a stab at Sen. Romney’s seat.

“Starting several weeks ago," Ballard said, "I've been asked by a lot of very influential throw in…[Romney’s seat was] the very seat that I was asked to look at weeks ago...I was very seriously considering it then and I'll be honest now even more so.”

Ballard noted that with the recent development of Sen. Romney voicing his intentions to not run for reelection, what started as a interesting idea is now being taken more seriously insofar as him eyeing down a spot in the Senate.

“That just took that level of deep thought to...even more,” he noted.

Ballard was thrust into the mainstream spotlight earlier in 2023 after the breakthrough success of the film “Sound of Freedom,” which is based upon his past efforts to rescue victims of child sex trafficking.

The aforementioned film, which was produced on a budget of $14.5 million and suffered a bit of a rocky road to being released, surpassed box office expectations with an astounding $210 million gross from worldwide ticket sales.

However, despite the blockbuster-level of success of the film in tandem with the ostensibly positive theme of eradicating child sex trafficking, the movie surprisingly managed to attract a variety of critics.

Such critics attempted to lob the film as being fodder for conspiracy theories, likening “Sound of Freedom” to QAnon propaganda and asserting Ballard’s featured story in the film is either misleading or sensationalized.

Nonetheless, the team behind the film and even the original screenplay writer brushed off the allegations of the film being some sort of conspiracy theory vector, with writer and director Alejandro Monteverde pointing out that work on the film began in 2015, two years before QAnon ever surfaced.
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