Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid

Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid
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Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo is eyeing a bid for Congress if a key ally of the president is forced to leave office.

"I've never before wanted to run for public office, but I'm considering this seriously," Caputo told Politico's Playbook newsletter.

"If Rep. Collins will not run, or cannot win, I cannot allow this seat to go to someone who has not supported the president 100 percent, from the beginning, in their bones," he continued.

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Politico reported Wednesday that Caputo is eyeing a run for Congress in New York's 27th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsOn The Money: Economy adds 136K jobs in September | Jobless rate at 50-year low | Treasury IG to probe handling of Trump tax returns request | House presses Zuckerberg to testify on digital currency Two Collins associates plead guilty in insider trading case On The Money: Trump blames Fed as manufacturing falters | US to join Trump lawsuit over NY subpoena for tax returns | Ex-Rep. Chris Collins pleads guilty in insider trading case MORE (R).

Collins, one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE's closest allies on Capitol Hill, has been under investigation for insider trading since shortly before his successful reelection to the House last year. Though he rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors last fall, his future in Congress remains uncertain. 

Caputo previously served on the communications team for Trump's successful 2016 bid, and has been active as a surrogate for the Trump administration on cable news shows following the election.

He left Trump's presidential campaign in June of 2016 after sending a celebratory tweet following the resignation of Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski told by Fox Business host he was being 'a little slurry' during interview The Hill's Morning Report - New impeachment battle: Pompeo vs. House Dems Lewandowski: 'Fair' to say Senate run might not happen MORE, the president's first campaign manager, which read simply: "Ding dong the witch is dead!"

"I regret sending out a tweet today alluding to the firing of Corey Lewandowski,” he wrote at the time to campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortCuomo signs measure allowing New York to press charges despite presidential pardon Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter He who must not be named: How Hunter Biden became a conversation-stopper MORE.

“In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move,” he continued in 2016. “I know this is a distraction from the kind of campaign you want to run, so I'm resigning my position as director of communications for caucus operations at the 2016 Republican Convention. Let's make this immediate."