Fox News host Sean Hannity recently threatened to leave “the socialist state of New York” after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said conservative extremists had “no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
A source who appeared on Hannity’s show last fall told The Hill that Hannity mentioned off-camera that he’s interested in running for office in Florida.
“He wasn’t joking,” the source said. “It was definitive, but he didn’t mention a specific office in Florida.”
While Hannity said he “can’t wait” to leave New York over Cuomo’s comments, the native New Yorker says he’s not leaving any time soon. He told Greta Van Susteren’s “On the Record” Tuesday night that he’d wait to move until his kids are out of high school.
“As soon as I am able, some time probably when my son graduates from high school, I’m getting out of here as quick as I can,” he said.
He also says he has more than 100 staffers working on his TV and radio shows who need time to plan a move.
He complained of tax rates in the Empire State and said he’d rather live in Texas or Florida, which don’t have state income taxes.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, reportedly tweeted to Hannity this week that Texas “would be happy to have you.”
Hannity, who has a vacation home in Naples, claims he’s leaning toward Florida “because I like the water, and I like to fish."
He confirmed on his Wednesday night show that he think about running one day.