White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has “no intentions” of running for Senate in 2022, he told a Raleigh newspaper Friday.
“I love the people of North Carolina,” Meadows, who represented the state in the House and co-founded the House Freedom Caucus before joining the Trump administration, told The News & Observer.
“But I not only have no plans, I have no intentions to run for the Senate in 2022.”
“I’ve had a number of people talk about running for that seat, if indeed Sen. Burr retires,” he added.
Incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr has indeed said he will not run for re-election when his term is up in two years.
Burr, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stepped down from his position in May amid a Justice Department investigation into stock transactions he made prior to the steep market declines seen amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“My conversations have included some of the sitting House members as well as Lara Trump, and, to my knowledge, no one’s made a definitive decision on whether to toss their hat in the ring or not,” Meadows said.
“But in terms of my hat, it won’t be in the ring.”
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According to Politico, potential Republican candidates for the seat could include retiring Rep. Mark Walker, former Gov. Pat McCrory and outgoing Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.
Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp, meanwhile, has praised Lara Trump’s “natural instinct for politics.”
“She’s very charismatic, she understands retail politics well, and has a natural instinct for politics,” Schlapp told The Times.
“In North Carolina, in particular, she’s a household name and people know her,” Schlapp said.
“She worked really hard on the [Trump] campaign and was very involved in a lot of decisions throughout.”
On the Democratic side, “it’s not yet clear” who the top candidate could be, Politico reported.
Former Vice President Joe Biden lost the state to President Trump in the presidential election earlier this month.
Moreover, Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham fell short in his bid to unseat incumbent GOP Sen. Thom Tillis.
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