The United States Senate is split 50-50 and Republicans need to win just one seat to reclaim the majority.
There are just a handful of races that will determine who holds power.
And this big-name Fox News star just announced he’s interested in running for Senate.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman was one of five establishment Republicans that announced they would retire rather than seek re-election.
Donald Trump won Ohio twice by comfortable margins and potential Republican candidates are eying this seat as a position they can hold as long as they like.
But one surprising challenger who may throw their hat in the ring is Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera.
Rivera—who moved to Ohio in 2017—tweeted that he is “pondering running for retiring @senrobportman seat in United States Senate.”
Normally, having a highprofile on Fox News could be seen as a golden ticket in a Republican primary.
However, that may not be the case for Geraldo Rivera.
After the election Rivera repeatedly attacked Donald Trump for contesting the results of the contest and begged him to concede the race.
Rivera even revealed that Trump—who he is friends with—stopped speaking to him.
After the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Rivera went so far as to support impeachment and declare that Liz Cheney was correct in that Trump bore the responsibility for the mayhem.
“A loyal friend, hounded without mercy by Democrats intent on destroying him from Day 1,” Rivera wrote on social media. “Then he lost the election. It made him crazy or revealed a dysfunction I had refused to see. He then unleashed a mob to make war on their own government. 5 to their doom. @LizCheney is right.”
After the House of Representatives impeached Trump, Rivera then stated that Donald Trump was guilty of inciting the riot by not conceding the election and claiming the presidency was stolen from him.
“I believe that President Trump is guilty as charged of inciting that mob,” Rivera stated. “Not specifically to go and ravage the Capitol, but his words and actions following his refusal to accept the election for 77 days and the inflammatory rhetoric he used about the ‘big steal’ and so forth.”
Rivera added that Trump “really deserved this admonition from Congress,” but Rivera wanted the Senate to dismiss the impeachment on constitutional grounds, adding that “I hope they hang it on the procedural that he’s out of office already so the issue is moot.”
Those comments would not endear Rivera to Trump supporters in Ohio.
And while Rivera did not say which party’s nomination he would choose to run for, it is doubtful Democrat voters would be look kindly upon a Fox News personality seeking to represent the party in the Senate.
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