You’ve probably heard that Sean Hannity is leaving the state of New York, which likely means he’ll be giving up his television show. So what’s next for the outspoken Conservative?
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo insulted conservative New Yorkers and said they’re not welcome, Hannity said that he’s done. He will be taking his tax dollars elsewhere, either Texas or Florida.
When I first heard about it, I assumed he was just making a point. However, he revealed on his television program that he has had conversations with his wife, and they are planning on leaving the dark Blue state after his Fox News contract runs out in 2016 and his children graduate from high school.
Hannity named Texas and Florida as the top two states he will consider, but it appears he is leaning toward Florida: “I like the water and fishing.” He also has a vacation house in Florida, so there’s that.
Hannity can continue his radio show from wherever he moves, but he may have other plans.
For many years, callers would tell Sean Hannity to run for political office, and Hannity would give the familiar response: “I can do more from right here behind this microphone.”
So I was as shocked as anyone when, during his “Ask Sean” segment, Sean revealed that he is actually thinking about a future in politics.
If that’s true, he could target Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) who is up for reelection in 2018. Nelson won by more than ten points in the 2012 election, but Hannity’s name recognition would give him an advantage over other challengers.
Additionally, he has millions of fans across the nation and would be a formidable fundraiser. His status as the most popular Conservative in media has garnered him valuable connections.
Though hated by leftists, Hannity is actually quite mild-mannered compared to other commentators, with a humble demeanor and a winning smile.
Political operatives would have plenty of material to comb for offensive comments, but they may be disappointed. He sticks to his talking points.
Hannity recently launched “Conservative Solutions Caucus 2014” on his website, which reads similar to a political candidate’s “Issues” webpage. He recently reiterated on his television program that the Republican party must pursue positive solutions, rather than being merely “anti-Obama.”
Hannity has been a conservative media giant for more than a decade, hosting the second highest rated radio talk show and cable news show (behind only The Rush Limbaugh Show and The O’Reilly Factor respectively). The Sean Hannity Show is broadcast from 600 stations and draws approximately 15 million weekly listeners.
His television show “Hannity” routinely scores more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined in his time slot.
If Hannity is serious about running for political office, he will continue to be a voice for Liberty.
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