George Papadopoulos, A Convicted Former Trump Aide, To Run For Katie Hill’s Seat
Following Rep. Katie Hill’s resignation over allegations of extramarital affairs, former Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos plans to run to replace the California Democrat.
George Papadopoulos on Twitter
“I’m smelling blood in the water now that Katie Hill has resigned. California’s 25th congressional district is wide open for the taking. Someone has to step up. I love my state too much to see it run down by candidates like Hill. All talk, no action, and a bunch of sell outs.”
RawStory reported that the convicted former adviser to President Donald Trump has filed paperwork to run for the California’s 25th congressional district.
Papadopoulos spent just under two weeks in prison for lying to the FBI during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling.
Upon his release, Papadopoulos hinted that he would run for office, but nothing came of it. Now, he appears ready to follow through.
Vera Bergengruen on Twitter
“So, this is happening. George Papadopoulos, who served 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI during the Mueller probe, is running for Katie Hill’s seat in California https://t.co/bfWz0l06OE”
Alex Seitz-Wald on Twitter
“George Papadopoulos already has a campaign website up. https://t.co/Fo8YHaGbIL”
RawStory noted that state Assemblywoman Christy Smith, a Democrat running for Hill’s seat, blasted Papadopoulos over his political aspirations.
“If he pled guilty to lying to the FBI – how do we know he’ll tell us the truth? We deserve someone from our community serving as our voice – not Trump’s wannabe political hack,” Smith tweeted.
Christy Smith on Twitter
“Wow! @GeorgePapa19 is running in #CA25! If he pled guilty to lying to the FBI - how do we know he'll tell us the truth? We deserve someone from our community serving as our voice - not @realDonaldTrump's wannabe political hack! #CA25 belongs to #CA25 https://t.co/7dG3vIqf2U”
Los Angeles Magazine noted that Papadopoulos might find greater support among Republicans running now compared to 2018, due to Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, the Justice Department’s criminal investigation of the Russia probe, and the former adviser’s position that he was the target of the “deep state.”