Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) recently announced that he would not seek re-election in 2022, citing the highly partisan nature of politics in Washington. But as Portman concedes that he can’t take the heat, one Fox News star is indicating he’s ready for the challenge.
According to The Hill, Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera announced Wednesday that he’s considering mounting a bid for Portman’s Senate seat.
“Pondering” a Senate bid
Rivera first revealed the news in a tweet Wednesday afternoon.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 10, 2021
The message received mixed reactions on Twitter, but that didn’t discourage the 77-year-old Rivera. The commentator and star of The Five wrote in another tweet a few hours later:
From the Great River to the Great Lake, I’ll fight for you.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 11, 2021
“A role to play”
As The Hill noted, Rivera didn’t specify which party’s banner he’d run under in his potential bid for a seat in Congress’s upper chamber. In the past, the Fox star has been publicly supportive of members of both parties; he voted for Democratic President Barack Obama in 2012, and also once called Donald Trump a “loyal friend” of his.
Notably, while Rivera was supportive of many of Trump’s policies, the Fox host largely backed off on his support for Trump in the aftermath of the 2020 election. But he’s not giving up on the former president yet.
“He’s been a friend of mine forever. I have been very public in my disapproval of his actions post-election and certainly condemn in the most vigorous way what happened on Jan. 6,” Rivera said in an interview with Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer.
He went on: “However, I think President Trump is not only redeemable, but he’s a force of nature who has been a lifelong friend in my adult life. I would expect he would approve of this. We can resolve our issues and help heal the Republican Party.”
Later in his interview, Rivera reiterated that he’s considering a bid for Senate and indicated he’d likely run as a Republican, though his wife is a Democrat.
“I think that’s a crucial seat,” Rivera told the paper of Portman’s spot. “We’re very concerned about the future of Ohio and the nation and we think we have a role to play.”