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 HannityTrump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe CNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Georgia ready for unpredictable Senate race 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 IsaksonThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Job growth soars in November The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats worry about diversity on next debate stage Doug Collins on potential 2020 Senate run: I'm not 'ruling it out' MORE's (R) seat, a move that would be seen as a snub to President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades 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 CollinsLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Top Republican: Democrats' weekend document dump shows impeachment inquiry is a 'farce' Trump, GOP shift focus from alleged surveillance abuse to Durham Russia probe 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) GaetzDemocrats express confidence in case as impeachment speeds forward Sunday shows — Nadler: A jury would convict Trump in 'three minutes flat' Gaetz defends Ukraine call: Trump acted on 'sincere' concerns of corruption 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.