Trey Radel’s resignation has done nothing to convince nationally syndicated radio and television personality Sean Hannity to leave New York.
Hannity has said more than once that he may consider a congressional campaign, but he won’t throw his hat in the ring for Florida’s upcoming special election.
“He has a nationally syndicated radio and TV show that’s under contract for the next several years,” said Lynda McLaughlin, executive producer of his radio show. “Sean has often said once he’s no longer under obligation he does intend to leave New York. Whether that’s going to be for Florida, Texas, North Carolina, we don’t know yet. But he talks about Naples often and he loves Naples.”
Hannity renewed his contract for his radio show, based in New York, within the past year, she said. He has publically said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t want Hannity in New York and he is ready to leave. But Hannity isn’t going anywhere while he has a contract.
“There’s a lot of rumors and speculation but I’d say that’s all it is right now,” McLaughlin said. “The very, very honest answer is we’re under contract; we’re going to be here for a bit.”
Last week, FOX News anchor Sean Hannity was asked: Will you run for office?
The conservative TV and radio show host then looked right in the camera and said: “Would you vote for me?”
Hannity answered, “Yes, I would think about it.”
But could Hannity, 52, be interested in running for Trey Radel’s open congressional spot?
Days before Radel’s announcement, the Tampa Times Political Editor reported that Hannity had been telling friends he would be interested in running for Congress – out of Naples.
Hannity, the author of three books, has been outspoken about Radel’s misgivings. Hannity’s last book called, “Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda” came out in 2010.
Last month, at a book signing in Fort Myers, Hannity said Radel should step down, get out of the public eye and pointed to the fact that there are other capable people to take his place.
He mentioned Connie Mack IV, who held the seat before Radel.
But could Hannity be a congressional candidate? The Daily News has been unable to reach him for comment.
He has a vacation home in Naples. He says he’s leaving New York as fast as he can.
Hannity would not say which office he would run for but he has made it no secret he has his sights set on Texas or Florida, and the enticement of no state income tax.
“I am leaving New York as you know. As soon as I can,” Hannity said.” There are logistical issues in terms I have a lot of people who work for me. I have kids in school ... I am going to leave because Gov. Cuomo doesn’t want us here. I am going to leave on my time frame because I have contractual obligations.
“So I am definitely leaving New York, so it would be in Texas or Florida.”
Hannity and his wife, Jill Rhodes Hannity, have two children, Merri and Patrick.
Last September, the New York Daily News reported Hannity renegotiated a long-term contract for his radio show with Premiere Network. Hannity has been doing the radio show since 2001. He can be heard on the AM airwaves in Southwest Florida between 3-6 p.m. in Naples on WNOG (1270) and in Fort Myers FM 92.5
Hannity said he will be in Washington on Tuesday for President Obama's State of the Union address.