Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer for George W. Bush’s administration, is expected to announce on Monday he will run as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Al Franken (D-Minn.).
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Sunday that Painter, who has been a frequent critic of President Trump, recently filed paperwork with federal elections officials to run against Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), who replaced Franken in January.
Painter launched a campaign website in recent days, and his campaign’s Twitter page identifies him as “running for U.S. Senate in Minnesota.”
Painter is scheduled to hold a press conference on Monday at the state capitol to announce his plans. – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [contentcards url=”http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/385430-ex-bush-ethics-official-to-run-for-frankens-former-senate-seat-as-dem” target=”_blank”]