George Papadopoulos to Run for Katie Hill’s Congressional Seat

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George Papadopoulos with his wife Simona Mangiante arrive for his sentencing hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., September 7, 2018. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

Former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos on Tuesday announced his interest in running for representative Katie Hill’s (D., Calif.) seat in the House.

“Announcement soon on my interest in Katie Hill’s soon to be vacant seat in the 25th district!” Papadopoulos wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

Hill resigned on Sunday after allegations she had an inappropriate sexual relationship with campaign and congressional staffers. The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into the matter after the RedState blog published the allegations, along with explicit photos of Hill and the campaign staffer.

“I’m smelling blood in the water now that Katie Hill has resigned,” Papadopoulos wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “California’s 25th congressional district is wide open for the taking. Someone has to step up.”

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“I love my state too much to see it run down by candidates like Hill,” Papadopoulos continued. “All talk, no action, and a bunch of sell outs.”

Papadopoulos rose to fame as a result of the FBI’s counterintelligence probe into whether Trump received help from Russian agents to win the 2016 presidential campaign.

During a 2016 meeting with Australian intelligence officials, Papadopoulos reportedly bragged that the campaign had obtained dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.

In 2017 he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators regarding his contacts with Russia, and spent twelve days in prison as a result.

Hill’s district has tended Democratic in recent years. Clinton won the district by six percentage points in the 2016 presidential elections, while Hill defeated Republican incumbent Steve Knight by 9 percentage points in 2018.

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