According to filings with the Federal Election Commision, Richard Painter will run for U.S. Senate in Minnesota as a Democrat.
Painter is a longtime Republican who served as the chief ethics lawyer for George W. Bush. But since Trump has been in office, he has been a frequent critic of the President and his administration.
He is scheduled to have a news conference on Monday at 10 am where he is expected to make the announcement.
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Painter will be running for Al Franken’s former seat, which is currently held by Sen. Tina Smith. The seat will be up for grabs this fall in a special election.
His run as Democrat would mean that he will be running against Smith, who has revealed she intends to run for a full term.
This revelation comes a month after Painter revealed he was forming an exploratory committee. At the time, he stated he was unsure what party he would run as.
In regard to the Republican party, he stated, “I need to think about whether there’s a place for me.”
He continued, “I’m going to be considering any and all options.” He described himself as “a centrist in many ways — right up the middle.” He also added that he has supported Democrats in the past.
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