Louie Gohmert Is Trying to Woo Sean Hannity to Texas

A low-stakes race for the conservative star’s residency is on.

Jeff Foxworthy and Sean Hannity during the FOX News 'Hannity with Sean Hannity' 15th anniversary show at Olympic Centennial Park on October 6, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Matt Berman
Jan. 24, 2014, 7:31 a.m.

If Sean Han­nity really does de­cide to leave New York over com­ments by the state’s gov­ernor, it looks like he’ll be wel­comed in Texas.

Re­pub­lic­an Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas in­vited the Fox News and ra­dio host to be his guest at next week’s State of the Uni­on. In­vit­ing a big-name con­ser­vat­ive to Pres­id­ent Obama’s an­nu­al speech isn’t a new me­dia strategy: Last year, Rep. Steve Stock­man in­vited Ted Nu­gent.

But Gohmert’s mo­tiv­a­tion goes bey­ond just a one-off pub­li­city stunt. “In­vit­ing Sean Han­nity, first of all, was part of my on­go­ing ef­fort to en­cour­age him to be­come a res­id­ent of Texas, where he’d be so much more ap­pre­ci­ated,” the law­maker told Breit­bart News.

Han­nity threatened to leave his home state of New York this week after Gov. An­drew Cuomo said, “Ex­treme con­ser­vat­ives, who are right-to-life, pro-as­sault weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the state of New York.” On his Monday ra­dio show, Han­nity said he “can’t wait to get out of here,” sug­gest­ing later that he hasn’t de­cided where he’d like to go, but that he’s “lean­ing Flor­ida,” with Texas as an al­tern­at­ive.

Gohmert is do­ing what he can to tilt the bal­ance. The bid for Han­nity isn’t just about get­ting a new neigh­bor. Han­nity, who is teas­ing a polit­ic­al run, could also wind up be­ing a fu­ture col­league. As Gohmert told Breit­bart:

When you are about to en­joy something as pleas­ur­able as listen­ing to this pres­id­ent give a State of the Uni­on ad­dress, you just want to share the ex­per­i­ence with a dear friend like Sean. Of course, with all the talk about his run­ning for Con­gress, Sean might just be able to check out the lay of the land.

Texas has made its bid. Your move, Flor­ida. Someone page Al­len West.

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