Fox News Was Blindsided By This Star’s Desire To Run For Senate

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Republicans think they have a good chance to win back the Senate in next year.

But they need to field candidates in key races.

And Fox News was blindsided by this star’s desire to run for Senate.

As American Patriot Daily reports:

Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera floated the idea of running for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Rob Portman.

But just one day after Rivera teased the idea of a Senate run in Ohio—where Rivera has lived since 2017—Rivera told Sean Hannity that he would not run for the Senate, but did not offer any explanation as to why.

In a subsequent interview with “Fox and Friends,” host Steve Doocy pressed Rivera to explain why he passed on a Senate run.

“What is the deal? You made news earlier this week suggesting you might run for office, but then I read yesterday, you apparently sobered up,” Doocy asked Rivera.

Rivera explained that when he talked about the idea of running for Senate with his wife they both became very enthusiastic about the idea.

“Well, you know what happens? You wake up, you have a dream and the thing is you probably should keep your dream to yourself,” Geraldo added. “Instead I started talking to Erica about it and we both got very enthusiastic.”

There was a question as to which party’s nomination Rivera would seek and Rivera did reveal that he would have ran as a moderate Republican.

But Rivera said he had to pull the plug on the idea of a Senate campaign when Rivera said Fox News executives “freaked out.”

“The reaction, the initial vibe was great but it was also much more overwhelming than I ever expected,” Rivera explained. “Fox freaked out, you know, said pick a lane, are you a journalist or a politician and I wasn’t ready to, you know, jump off my current turnstile, so, instead I had to kind of embarrass myself and say never mind.”

Like all networks, Fox has a policy of parting ways with on-air talent if they seek political office.

Fox would have canceled Rivera’s TV contract and Rivera did not want to lose his TV career over a Senate campaign.

There is also the simple fact that Rivera likely stood no chance to win a Republican primary.

Ohio used to be the quintessential swing state.

But since Donald Trump came on the scene, the state shifted decidedly to the right as rural working-class voters turned heavily against the Democrats.

Rivera harshly criticized Donald Trump for contesting the 2020 election and supports amnesty for illegal aliens.

And in an increasingly Trump state, Rivera stood little chance and may be using Fox News as a convenient scapegoat to take a pass on a race he was likely to lose.