Does Hannity want to run for office?
January 23rd, 2014
01:48 PM ET
9 years ago

Does Hannity want to run for office?

(CNN) - Sean Hannity has become the latest cable news host to drop hints about a potential run for office.

On Wednesday the Fox News host, a favorite of conservatives, said he sometimes thinks about a political run. He didn't specify what office he'd like to take a shot at, though.

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Hannity's comments - which thrilled some of his fans - came during a segment on his prime time Fox News show, "Hannity," called #asksean. One of the viewer questions his guest Megan McDowell read was, "Will you run for office, or do you think that you can accomplish more where you are now?"

Hannity answered with a smile, "Would you vote for me?"

When McDowell repeated the question, Hannity said, "The answer is yes, I think about it."

Hannity indicated that he could run someday in Texas or Florida. He has talked recently about "leaving New York," partly in order to protest a remark made last week by the Democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, about "extreme conservatives" in the state.

Cuomo was speaking about a "schism" in the Republican Party between moderates and extremists. Apparently referring to Republican candidates, he said the extremists "have no place in the state of New York because that's not who New Yorkers are." He added that "moderate Republicans have a place in this state."

The remarks – sometimes repurposed out of context – have been a source of outrage among some conservative commentators. Hannity said he interpreted Cuomo's remarks to mean that "Andrew Cuomo doesn't want us here." And on Wednesday, Hannity said that he would move "as soon as I can." But that might be a while, he added, since his television and radio shows are produced in the state and his children are enrolled in school there.

"But I will definitely leave New York," he said. "So it would be in either Texas or Florida."

Hannity is planning on attending next week's State of the Union address as a guest of Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas. Gohmert is a frequent guest on Hannity's shows.

In 2012 Hannity signed a new contract with Fox News that is believed to retain him through the 2016 presidential election cycle.

A number of Fox commentators – Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – have attempted runs for office before. John Kasich, a weekend host for many years, is now the Republican governor of Ohio. (Gingrich now works for CNN as a co-host for "Crossfire.)

Last year, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera flirted with a run for U.S. Senate in New Jersey. Ultimately, the Republican decided against the bid, citing the heavily Democratic state and potentially tough run against popular Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Chris Matthews of MSNBC actively considered a run for Senate in Pennsylvania in 2009, but opted against it.

Some in Massachusetts have suggested that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow run for Senate in that state, but she has never shown any interest in doing so.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. just spraying

    Please run, please. Your primary would be fun to watch, like a faux news highlights reel. This man is seriously delusional, if you believe the crap you say, please run

    January 23, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    He has my vote. He's an honest, straight shooting guy.

    January 23, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. just spraying

    Your not leaving soon enough .need help?

    January 23, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I hope he does run and gets his rear end handed to him by a librul!

    January 23, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Rusty Krus

    I have always viewed him as a little, sneaky snake in the grass.

    January 23, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE leave and be a carpet-bagging loser candidate in any other state...... Can I help you pack? Need some help with the movers? I don't care what you do with your sorry life but PLEASE leave my state........

    January 23, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. TONE

    Sir you need to continue lying to gullible Americans, political office is not for you.

    January 23, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    Once he saw the pay cut he would be taking, he would never consider it again. He would have to run in TX or FL, since they are the only states where his views could even possibly be considered normal.

    January 23, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "Danger. Danger. Danger, Will Robinson. Danger. There's a Hannity approaching the area."

    January 23, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. TONE

    When Hannity is considering running for office you know the gop has no one, this seem like desperation.

    January 23, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Erok

    He should run for "Tool" of the year.

    January 23, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Seth

    Please do it, Hannity. Your campaign will ruin your career, making television significantly safer for America.

    January 23, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Garrett from Texas

    Whatever your political views on Hannity, if he leaves New York then all his money, production money for his show, the related taxes paid to help run the state and one more element of the "production value" of New York goes with him.

    January 23, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. jamison

    HA HA. He wouldn't even get elected to be a dog catcher. First of all he is RUDE. He asks questions then does not let them get answered because he always interrupts. Secondly he does not have an open mind. Its my way or shut up.

    January 23, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. columbus

    I say, put your money where your mouth is, these guys like to throw it from the bully pulpit, put them to task in a real campaign.

    January 23, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. just spraying

    Now if we could just get glen beck and bill o'rielly in the car.

    January 23, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. BeatTheHeat


    January 23, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm sorry, CNN ... but seriously? We going to talk Hannity on the ticker?

    January 23, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Please leave my beloved home!!! The good people of New York will gladly pay for your relocation expenses and whatever private school you want to send your kids to. Just go!!! Extremist republicans like you make moderates like Giulianni and Rep. King look like democrats.

    January 23, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Brian

    If there is a God, he'll let this happen. So we can all watch how foolish this man really is.

    January 23, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Silence DoGood

    The dream candidate for liberal progressives. Please run. Please spout all your crazy ideas without holding back. It would be like one of those fail videos.

    January 23, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. snowdogg

    "He didn't specify what office he'd like to take a shot at, though."

    Not even qualified for town clerk.

    January 23, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Big Ben

    The world has seen a lunatic before, his name was Hitler. We don't need another one.

    January 23, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We going to talk Hannity on the ticker?"

    Should have been "we're going to ...".

    At any rate, others might choose to: me? Not so much.

    January 23, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. VJ

    His famous show is bringing guests for a town hall style format. He always allow his friends (conservative) to talk more time than democrats.... When u watch that, u will feel that democrats hosts were not properly respected.... I hope he doesn't come into Texas well. His ranting of Obama has started day after Obama got elected....

    January 23, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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