FOX News host Geraldo Rivera may try to trade his TV perch for another gig in the public eye - U.S. senator. The 1980s-era talk show host-turned-newsman recently mentioned his intentions on his radio show.
"I am and have been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey," Rivera said Frank Lautenberg, the 90-year-old incumbent Democratic senator, says he has no plans to step down. Newark Mayor Booker has suggested he would challenge Lautenberg in a primary, if necessary.
But The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz is skeptical a Rivera Senate bid will happen. For starters, Rivera isn't exactly an exemplar of social conservatism. "His memoir, filled with tales of the women he has bedded, is called 'Exposing Myself.'" Kurtz writes of Rivera, who's been married five times.
Then there are the actual issues. "He's been a liberal crusader on illegal immigration. He is pro-choice on abortion. He favors gay rights and same-sex marriage. Good luck with that in a Republican primary."
There's another reason Rivera likely wouldn't make the leap: money. Senate salaries are $174,000. Pretty good for most people, but a fraction of his broadcasting income. Plus, financial disclosure forms would force him to reveal sources of his wealth - which has made many a celebrity think twice about running for office.
Via The Daily Beast, and Politix analysis.