With a 2020 challenge to President Trump still a possibility, outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich is bidding for a post with a major cable TV network.
CNBC reported Kasich, a Republican who has distanced himself from the president, “has signaled to close advisers and some donors that he is looking to sign with either CNN or MSNBC as he finishes his two-term tenure as Ohio’s governor, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations, including two who have been close to the governor since his 2016 presidential run.”
The report noted he had a show on the Fox News Channel nearly two decades ago.
A spokesman for the governor, described by CNBC as “one of the most vocal Republican critics of President Donald Trump,” wouldn’t deny those plans.
“Any announcement about a TV contract would have no bearing on his 2020 intentions,” spokesman Chris Schrimpf told CNBC in an email. “All options are still on the table.”
There was no comment from either broadcast organization.
CNBC reported Charlie Black, a former adviser to Kasich’s 2016 presidential campaign, told CNBC in an email that he believes Kasich could still run for president, “but he’d have to distance himself from a career in television if he jumped into the race.”
Kasich has signed with United Talent Agency, according to the report.