One of President Trump's most vociferous critics has decided to take his opposition to a whole new level by running for the US Senate in Minnesota.
Richard Painter, probably best described as the Ethics Guru Anti-Trump Crusader, will challenge interim Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) As a Democrat, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. He is expected to announce his candidacy on Monday.
Painters best known job was a Republican government. He was the chief ethics lawyer in George W. Bush's White House. Now he is deputy chairman of a non-profit government watchdog, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which is not biased, but whose leaders also describe it as progressive. (They've already sued Trump once.)
Despite his republican background, it's no coincidence that Painter has decided to run for office as a Democrat. The Trump era opened the door for Painter to run for the Senate. His candidacy will be boosted by Painter's high profile as a Trump critic on Twitter, cable television, and other news media if he is not brought to market.
And by Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) And Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) To Poll Results Among Republican Voters For Trump Critic Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), There Is Lots Of Evidence That A Republican and a Trump critic will cost you politically.
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That's the irony of politics in the Trump era: despite all of his criticism of the president, Painter has become prominent enough to vote for a US Senate seat because of Trump's presidency run.
There are similar stories across the country. Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of unwanted sexual overtures during her time as a receptionist at the Trump Tower is running for a seat in the Ohio State House. Oprah Winfrey does not run for president in 2020, but her friends said she "actively thought about it" after holding a Golden Globes speech in January, which is widely seen as a rejection of Trump's policy groups say that the record number of female candidates this election cycle is largely driven by Trump's presidency. Virginia's newly elected government representative Kelly Fowler (D) told the Washington Post last year that she could not stand Trump being sworn in on her daughter's birthday and decided to run for office.
"The morning after the 2016 elections was worried that women could crawl under the sheets and try to recover," said Debbie Walsh, director of the Independent Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University, The Powder right after Trump was elected. "But the real meaning here is that women can not sit on the sidelines, and I think they've done that in a different way that elections have consequences, and that's why they need to increase."
(Philip Bump / The Washington Post)
That's not to say these candidates could not. I am running for public office if someone else is president. But they get national attention – as in this newspaper – precisely because of their adversarial relationship with Trump.
The next obvious question is whether candidates who are primarily known as Trump critics can win. That has to be determined.
The painter must first win a first against a seated US Senator. Smith was called to the Senate by the state governor in December after Al Franken resigned on numerous charges of sexual harassment spanning over a decade. The first election for Frankens old seat will take place in November.
Smith was quite prominent in the state before the renunciation of Franks. She has been Deputy Governor of the State since 2015 before moving to Washington. She was so well-known that she was speculated in the 2018 open elections to run for the governor. It has supported [nearly] all of Minnesota's democratic establishment and at least one prominent potential challenger, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).
Painter, however, never ran after the office and is better known in the Washington political and journalistic circles than under the Minnesota Democrats.
The only Republican in the race is a state senator, Karin Housley. Minnesota has elected a Democrat for the past 11 presidential elections. Non-partisan political analysts The Cook Political Report puts this race as lean democratic, saying that "it's republicans to make it more competitive."
(Minnesota Most likely Will not Rank in the Top 10 of The Senate's Senate Senate Listing (19659019)) If Painter's prolific Twitter feed, since he has decided to run, is any indication, he plans his candidacy not only to indict Trump, but also the Republican party that has stayed with Trump.
He's been following the identity of the party and its leaders House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on his decision to dismiss the chaplain abruptly and somewhat mysteriously Meanwhile, Painter is rapidly increasing his support for women's reproductive rights – a demok ratic wedge problem that candidates like to use as a signal of their anti-trump credits. He has also promised no money from super PACs, such as Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Tex.), To notable success, in his runaway Senate race in Texas.
In other words, Painter sounds like a Democrat who tries to catch a ride on some blue wave created by anti-Trump sentiment. It is TBD if its plan works, but it is remarkable to happen at all, as Painter's candidacy was probably created by an anti-Trump sentimentality.