Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera will not run for Ohio's Senate being vacated by Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates DHS chief 'horrified' by images at border DHS secretary condemns treatment of Haitian migrants but says US will ramp up deportations MORE (R), the broadcaster said Thursday.
In a tweet, Rivera confirmed that he had considered a run for office but ultimately rejected the idea.
"After a 36-hour pondering whirlwind I’ve decided not to seek public office. Erica and I deeply appreciate the good wishes of those cheering the idea," he tweeted.
After a 36-hour pondering whirlwind I’ve decided not to seek public office. Erica and I deeply appreciate the good wishes of those cheering the idea.— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) March 11, 2021
Rivera's announcement comes as speculation has swirled on both sides of the aisle over who will run to replace Portman, who confirmed earlier this month that he would likely not run for reelection.
“I decided to make my announcement now because I have made up my mind,” Portman said. “Over the next two years, I look forward to being able to focus all my energy on legislation and the challenges our country faces rather than on fundraising and campaigning.”
Though the state has trended increasingly Republican in recent years, Ohio's two senate seats remain split by party, with its other senator being Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary The Trojan Horse of protectionism MORE (D).
Portman's retirement, along with four other GOP senators, is expected to imperil Republicans' chances of taking the Senate back next year.