George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide who was a key figure in the FBI’s Russia probe, filed paperwork on Tuesday to run for the U.S. House seat in California’s 25th district, which includes Los Angeles County.
The seat is being vacated by Democrat Katie Hill who announced her resignation on Sunday amid an ethics probe into allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a staff member.
Papadopoulos, a Greek-American political adviser, served 14 days in prison for lying to the FBI during the Robert Mueller probe, after pleading guilty to lying about his meetings with alleged Kremlin go-betweens.
In a series of tweets, Papadopoulos announced his intention to run. “Taking back California,” he wrote, adding in another tweet that “someone has to step up.”
I’m smelling blood in the water now that Katie Hill has resigned. California’s 25th congressional district is wide open for the taking. Someone has to step up. I love my state too much to see it run down by candidates like Hill. All talk, no action, and a bunch of sell outs.
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) October 27, 2019
Taking back California! https://t.co/i3Lk67fkla
— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) October 29, 2019
Papadopoulos is entering a field of at least three other Republicans and one Democrat for the coveted seat.
A special election to fill Hill’s seat cannot be set by Gov. Gavin Newsom until the representative officially leaves Congress, which she has not done as of yet.
It’s possible that there will be no special election at all, depending on how long Hill waits to leave office. That would make the next election, in November of 2020, the first time the seat would come up for grabs.