Hannity urges listeners to call Georgia governor over Senate pick bucking Trump

Hannity urges listeners to call Georgia governor over Senate pick bucking Trump
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Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityHypocrisy is the currency of the realm for GOP in the age of Trump GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Trump wants To 'deescalate,' but will his supporters let him? MORE is among the high-profile conservatives putting pressure on Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to scrap plans to appoint businesswoman Kelly Loeffler to fill outgoing Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOvernight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states New Georgia senator takes spot on health committee Loeffler sworn in to Georgia seat MORE's (R) seat, a move that would be seen as a snub to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' MORE.

Hannity on Monday urged his listeners to call the governor's office over choosing a "centrist businesswoman" in Loeffler over Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle The five dumbest things said about impeachment so far MORE (R-Ga.), who is Trump's preferred pick for the seat.

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"[Producer] Lynda [McLaughlin] wants me to give out the number of the governor's office. Well, he's not going to talk to me," said Hannity on his radio program that airs on more than 600 stations nationwide. 

"Well, maybe people should call him," said McLaughlin. 

"Alright. I'm not going to do it all day. I'm going to give it out now if you want it," Hannity, also a Fox News prime-time host for 23 years, replied.  

"We'll give it a couple times. And we'll put it online," McLaughlin added.

Hannity's pushback comes as Isakson is set to retire on Dec. 31 for health reasons. The timing is particularly crucial given the impeachment process of President Trump may progress to a Senate trial in January. Kemp is expected to announce Loeffler as his pick this week, and she would likely be sworn in on Jan. 1.

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGaetz in Twitter battle with Florida House Republican Apple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Conservatives slam Warren's call to put transgender women in women's prisons MORE (R-Fla.), another staunch Trump ally, also voiced his discontent at Kemp in a tweet over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend while also pushing for Collins.

"@realdonaldtrump told you how to be supportive: Appoint @RepDougCollins," tweeted Gaetz at Kemp. "You are ignoring his request because you THINK you know better than @POTUS. If you substitute your judgement for the President’s, maybe you need a primary in 2022. Let’s see if you can win one w/o Trump."


The Hill has reached out to Kemp's office for comment.