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 HannityMichael Cohen: Trump bluffing about another White House bid 90 percent of full-time Fox Corp. employees say they're fully vaccinated: executive The Memo: California recall exposes the limit of Trump's GOP 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 IsaksonCritical race theory becomes focus of midterms Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE's (R) seat, a move that would be seen as a snub to President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump 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 CollinsLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor 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) GaetzBipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally 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.