White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows dismissed speculation that he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2022 when Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) retires at the end of his third term, as the incumbent senator has previously said he plans to do.
“I love the people of North Carolina. But I not only have no plans, I have no intentions to run for the Senate in 2022,” Meadows told the North Carolina-based News & Observer in a phone interview Friday.
But Meadows, who stepped down from his congressional seat to join the Trump administration, also gave a nod to the speculation that Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law and North Carolina native, has shown interest in running for the Senate seat herself.
“I’ve had a number of people talk about running for that seat, if indeed Sen. Burr retires,” remarked Meadows. “My conversations have included some of the sitting House members as well as Lara Trump, and, to my