Welcome To the ’14 Circus, Geraldo!

Boy, and I thought Paul Broun’s addition to the ranks of Republican Senate candidates for 2014 would be hard to top. But now comes the news that Geraldo Rivera is seriously eyeing a run for the Senate in New Jersey, per the Newark Star-Ledger:

The Fox news anchor longtime media personality said on his syndicated radio show today that he is seriously considering running for the New Jersey seat in 2014 as a Republican.

“I mention this only briefly: Fasten your seatbelt,” Rivera said on the show, according to a report on Washington D.C. blog TheHill.com. “I’ve been in touch with some people in the Republican Party in New Jersey. I am truly contemplating running for Senate against Frank Lautenberg or Cory Booker in New Jersey.”

Well, I know Geraldo is a longstanding “Fox News Personality” who mostly works on the same radio station that’s Rush Limbaugh’s anchor. And he probably renewed his conservative street cred just last year by more or less asserting Trayvon Martin would still be alive if he hadn’t been wearing a hoodie (a statement for which he later “apologized” in what one observer called “the lamest apology ever to come from someone older than 6.”)

But still: can the party of “family values” that likes to blame gun violence on “trash culture” really go for the man who paved the low road for legions of later television freak-a-ganzas? Will his five marriages and self-proclaimed “thousands” of lovers be a problem? How’s about getting booted out of Iraq by the U.S. military for describing a planned operation?

Probably depends on whether he’s willing to self-fund.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.