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 HannitySunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Cruz: Trump should nominate a Supreme Court justice next week Ex-Pence aide: Trump spent 45 minutes of task force meeting 'going off on Tucker Carlson' instead of talking coronavirus 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 IsaksonGeorgia GOP Senate candidates cite abortion in pushing Ginsburg replacement Loeffler: Trump 'has every right' to fill Ginsburg vacancy before election Bottom line MORE's (R) seat, a move that would be seen as a snub to President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally 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 CollinsVulnerable GOP incumbents embrace filling Supreme Court seat this year Georgia GOP Senate candidates cite abortion in pushing Ginsburg replacement Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP 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) GaetzLara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from GOP convention night 1 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.