Geraldo in the Senate?


New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg died on Monday and Geraldo Rivera wasted no time on his daily radio show making sure everyone knows that if Gov. Chris Christie wants to appoint him to the vacant seat, he’d gladly consider it. He has been talking for months about possibly running for the seat against Lautenberg anyway.

Veteran journalist Geraldo Rivera said Monday he’d “take the call” if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wanted to appoint him to New Jersey’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, but acknowledged the chances of that seem slim.

“I would definitely take the call,” Rivera said on the “Geraldo Rivera Radio Show.”

He made the comments on his show after The Daily Caller inquired about his interest in the seat after the news that 89-year-old New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg died Monday.

In related news, I’d like to announce that if Elizabeth Hurley should decide she wants to call me up and ask me out on a date, I would take that call and seriously consider going on a date with her. You know, just in case.

Comments

  1. says

    What the fuck does Geraldo Rivera have to offer in the US Senate? The only kind of “veteran journalist” I’d consider worthy of the Senate would be a war correspondent. What kind of journalism did Rivera do again?

  2. daved says

    After John Kerry left the Senate to become Secretary of State, former Mass. congressman Barney Frank dropped a lot of hints that he’d like to be named as the interim replacement. It didn’t work. That kind of self-promotion rarely does.

    Side note to Ed: Liz Hurley is engaged, I’m afraid. You’ll have to pick some other celebrity.

  3. marcus says

    @1 “What kind of journalism did Rivera do again?” ZOMG! Have you forgotten the most important story of the 20th Century, maybe even the second millennium? Yes I am referring to the excavation of Al Capone’s secret chamber! Now that was journalism!
    (Liz, call me. You know the number.)

  4. leftwingfox says

    What the fuck does Geraldo Rivera have to offer in the US Senate?

    Bombast, imcompetance, flailing and grandstanding.

    He’ll fit right in.

  5. Moggie says

    Well, he has to think of his post-journalism future. And with a mustache like that, it’s either politics or porn.

  6. slc1 says

    Re Moggie @ #6

    What journalism career? This putz was never a reporter. Back in 1994, his career was in the toilet and was resurrected by MSNBC giving him a show on which the O. J. Simpson trial was discussed every night. O. J. Simpson is responsible for this clown still being employed, almost as serious a crime as the double murder he was accused of.

  7. daved says

    In any case, Christie has just named Lautenberg’s replacement, some GOP buddy named Jeffrey Chiesa.

  8. lorn says

    Yeaaa … there was that unfortunate revelation of important military secrets on national TV … and that whole vault thing, essentially ninety minutes of wind up concluding in … wait for it … an empty room. But Geraldo has always been about enthusiasm and an air of conspiracy where an insider lets select members of the viewing audience in on some insider information. Of course, for that sort of show to work the information he is dishing has to be both real and not yet understood or expected. Unfortunately the tendency is that to the extent things are real they are generally not unknown or unexpected.

    Al Capone’s vault was real, the room was real, but it wasn’t unexpected. The one story that was both real and widely unknown was the invasion plans for Iraq. I was somewhat disappointed that some wiseacre hadn’t mentioned that Iraqi troops often buried hoards of gold around their bases and allowed him to explore a nearby minefield on national TV. Hoisted upon his own petard indeed.

    The fact that some innocent cameraman might be injured was what likely ended that option. Which overlooks the fact that there are wireless mics with remarkable range and you can do amazing things with telephoto lenses. The cameraman opting for a ‘wide shot’ would also be ideal for seeing Geraldo’s partially vaporized carcass thrown fifty feet in the air. A sure-fire You-Tube winner. The cameraman could have been a contender.

    Somewhere there is a Iraqi war veteran regretting what he didn’t do. The horror … the horror.

  9. Artor says

    Wasn’t it Geraldo that took a chair to the face after egging the Nazis on his show into a fight? Maybe that’s what he means by “veteran journalist.” He’s seen combat!

  10. says

    Well, he has to think of his post-journalism future. And with a mustache like that, it’s either politics or porn.

    …and being a Saddam Hussein look-alike doesn’t pay lke it used to.

    (PS: Remember before the Iraq invasion, when practically every man in Iraq had a mustache exactly like Saddam’s? After the invasion, no one had one.)

  11. Artor says

    I like lorn’s suggestion for sending Geraldo after buried gold in a minefield. I’d watch that!

  12. says

    So Geraldo didn’t get his Senate seat, and Ed didn’t get his date with Liz. I hope SOMEONE has some good luck today — I better drive slow going home.

  13. D. C. Sessions says

    What the fuck does Geraldo Rivera have to offer in the US Senate?

    Pretty much the same as any other Republican Senator: he’d vote the Party line. And he also has a Hispanic name!

    What kind of journalism did Rivera do again?

    Yellow. As in, “Yellow dog.”

  14. Scr... Archivist says

    I read that too fast and thought Ed was referring to Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.

    That telephone call would also be just as likely.

  15. slc1 says

    Re Raging Bee @ #13

    I better drive slow going home.

    Is there any alternative when driving in Fairfax Co. during the rush period, which lasts several hours.

    Re D. C. Sessons

    Giraldo’s given name was Gerald Rivers. As I understand it, he is half Hispanic and half Jewish.

  16. John Pieret says

    Rivera, very early in his career, did some decent local investigative reporting, particularly on the deplorable conditions in the Willowbrook nursing facility and on the plight of migrant workers on Long Island.

    Interesting factoid: he attended my law school (but graduated before I got there). Several people told me that he insisted on being known as “Jerry” then … before it became helpful in his tv career to be Hispanic.

  17. Loqi says

    Senator Geraldo would be comedy gold. I’d be glued to C Span if it featured Geraldo writing out the what was discussed in a closed-door meeting in a small sandbox that he wheeled around with him.

  18. otrame says

    Actually, Rivera was a reporter at one time, long long ago. He did a truly great job uncovering what went on in a state mental hospital by getting himself committed. There was some other stuff too. Then he decided he wanted to be famous and the rest is pathetic.

  19. wpjoe says

    @17 “Giraldo’s given name was Gerald Rivers. As I understand it, he is half Hispanic and half Jewish.”
    Slightly OT, related to being Hispanic Jewish. If you have youngish kids you may have seen this. Phineas and Ferb (cartoon show) did a hilarious Mexican-Jewish Cultural Festival song. Google it.

  20. Trebuchet says

    @1 and @3 umm, how about the crack reporting by geraldo when he showed troop movements, maps and times on live tv of ACTIVE MISSIONS! Which of course got him kicked out of Iraq and sent back to the U.S.

    He was also caught illegally carrying a gun while an embedded reporter.

    Meanwhile, as of yesterday I heard Christie was saying he wouldn’t appoint a senator but instead call a special election. That didn’t last long.

  21. says

    “Wasn’t it Geraldo that took a chair to the face after egging the Nazis on his show into a fight?”

    Yes. Before that little stunt, day-time talk was a semi-legitimate format for airing social issues that frequently crossed into being tabloid. After that, it quickly transformed into a human sleaze parade where fist fights break out every two minutes. As if we needed another reason to hate Geraldo.

  22. Robert B. says

    Raging Bee @ 1:

    I’d also accept a really crack investigative reporter into economic or civil liberties stories.

  23. Joey Maloney says

    I wouldn’t object to Rivera on ideological grounds; from what I can tell he’s more-or-less a New Deal liberal with occasional sprinkles of libertardian nuttiness. That’s not the problem.

    The problem is, he’s just stupid.

  24. says

    Well, Jerry knows that there’s precedence. Back about two millennia ago, another Italian mob boss–Caligula–made one of his horse’s a Senator. Of course that was the WHOLE horse not just the ass.

  25. says

    Raging Bee “So Geraldo didn’t get his Senate seat, and Ed didn’t get his date with Liz. I hope SOMEONE has some good luck today — I better drive slow going home.”
    It all worked out. Ed got a date with Giraldo and Liz got the senate seat.

  26. freemage says

    Hey, now, don’t forget Geraldo’s crack investigative work in 1988 for his 2-hour special on Satanism, which included discussing the link between D&D and Satanic cults–a horse he continued to occasionally flog into the 90s, despite the complete debunking Michael Stackpole published in ’89.

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