In 2018 Richard Painter was a candidate contending for the Democratic nomination to run for the Senate seat held by the appointed (and since elected) Democratic incumbent (Tina Smith). He ran for office while holding an endowed chair at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Painter had identified himself as a Republican when he served in the Bush (43) White House counsel’s office and when he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in the 2016 election. Until Painter announced his candidacy for office in 2018, Painter held himself out as a Republican in connection with his many media appearances disparaging Trump on the cable channels after the 2016 presidential election.
As recently as April 2018, Painter was unsure whether he would seek Smith’s seat as a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent. Once he declared himself a Democratic candidate that month, I posed 10 questions to Painter upon the announcement of
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