Geraldo Rivera Says He's 'Pondering' a Big Move

The TV correspondent says he may enter politics
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2021 6:22 PM CST
Will Ohio Have a Sen. Rivera?
Geraldo Rivera   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Is Sen. Rivera in the cards? Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera says that he may run for the Ohio Senate seat occupied by Republican Sen. Rob Portman, who has said he doesn’t plan to run for reelection in 2022, the Hill reports. Rivera, who has lived in Ohio since 2017, tweeted Wednesday that he’s “pondering running” for the seat. The tweet was tagged as being sent from Siesta Key, Fla. He did not say which party he would run under, per Bloomberg, which notes that Rivera has long been an ally of Donald Trump, but that their relationship took a hit after Rivera criticized Trump’s refusal to accept his 2020 presidential loss. He reportedly said Trump was behaving “like an entitled frat boy” and called for his impeachment following the Jan. 6 US Capitol riot. Two Republicans have already announced that they will run for Portman’s seat, per the Cincinnati Enquirer, and several others are considering bids.

Bloomberg says Rivera did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Rivera’s tweet about running didn’t get the warmest reception. Here’s a roundup of replies:

  • “We just had a TV celebrity running the country the other day. Didn’t go well. What qualifies you to be a Senator? Knowing even less about government than he does?”
  • “If you want to further embarrass yourself. Go for it.”
  • “And I'm pondering competing for Mr. Universe 2021. Good luck to us both!!”
  • “Oh good. Another do-nothing celebrity who thinks being on tv makes them qualified for office.”
  • “I’m pondering my navel, so, same.”
  • “I didn't realize you live in Ohio.”
(Read more Geraldo Rivera stories.)

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