Just days after his abrupt firing by MSNBC, some progressive activists and politicians are pushing for Keith Olbermann to run for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat.
Overtures are being made to convince Olbermann to run for the seat being vacated by the retiring Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Olbermann, 51, is a New York City native but has lived in Connecticut before.
Facebook and Twitter sites have been created by supporters to petition Olbermann into running. Certainly, Olbermann has the “speechiness” to be a politician, but would his notoriously prickly personality play well on the campaign trail with voters? Who can say?
Olbermann, whose Countdown program was MSNBC's highest-rated show, will have time to ponder the offer. Several sources say the terms of his severance deal with the cable network prohibits him from talking about the circumstances of his departure and requires him to stay off television for six to nine months.
A former sportscaster, Olbermann hosted ESPN's popular SportsCenter from 1992-97. He briefly worked for the Fox Sports Network before launching Countdown in March 2003.