Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants to run for Senate in Kansas, according to reports, but he’s not sure how to exit the Trump administration without being tarred by Trump:
DC EXAMINER – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is looking to resign from his post in the Trump administration so he can launch his senatorial campaign, but he’s unsure of how to leave unscathed by President Trump.
Pompeo, 55, originally planned on staying at the State Department until early spring, but that process might have been expedited, Time reported, citing three GOP sources. The sources included “one who served in the Trump Administration, another who remains in government, and a third who served in several high-ranking posts and is active in GOP politics.”
He’s apparently blamed for negative testimony from State Dept. officials…
The impeachment investigation could speed up the secretary’s resignation given that the president and some of his loyalists blame him for the negative testimony of State Department officials. Pompeo, who previously served as CIA director and as a member of the House, has also notably decided not to defend former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch or top diplomat William Taylor.
And he’ll face an uphill battle in GOP Primary…
The secretary of state has shot down rumors of a potential Senate run in Kansas for months. Despite the state being solidly red, Pompeo stands to face a tough primary. Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, current Rep. Roger Marshall, and others have already started their campaigns. There are a number of others who are said to be considering a run as well.
I believe Pompeo has been a far more reliable and better Secretary of State than Rex Tillerson. But I have seen some on Twitter complaining about him and these ‘Never Trumpers’ working for him, who are now attacking Trump through these hearings. How much that hurts him in a GOP primary in Kansas remains to be seen. But with big names like Kris Kobach already in the race, he’ll have his hands full if he does proceed to resign and run.