Former WH Ethics Lawyer Weighs Bid

Richard Painter hasn't decided if he would run as a Republican, Democrat, or independent.

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Kimberly Railey
March 8, 2018, 8:34 a.m.

Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter announced that he is considering a challenge to Sen. Tina Smith (D) and has formed an exploratory committee. (Twitter)

Painter “hasn’t decided yet whether he would run as a Republican, Democrat or independent.”

“A website that introduces him and seeks donations also went up.”

“Painter, 56, described himself as a centrist who sees ‘a lot of room for someone like me’ in the political middle. He said he has supported candidates in both parties in the past. … Painter was a White House ethics lawyer under Republican President George W. Bush. He’s gained fame over the past year as a sharp critic of Republican President Donald Trump.”

State Sen. Karin Housley (R) is already seeking the GOP nomination. (Minnesota Public Radio)

ON BOARD. NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC announced Thursday morning an endorsement for Smith. (release)


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