Jun 21, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Jan. 6 committee counsel urged to run for Senate seat

John Wood

John Wood, the House Jan. 6 committee's senior investigative staff counsel. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

John Wood — a former federal prosecutor in Missouri and now senior investigative counsel for the House's Jan. 6 committee — is being urged by top Republicans to run for the U.S. Senate in Missouri as an independent.

Driving the news: Backers include former U.S. Sen. Jack Danforth (R-Mo.), who wants to "provide Missouri voters a principled, traditional conservative choice," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Why it matters: Establishment Republicans fear the party's nominee will be former Gov. Eric Greitens, who on Monday posted a violent video in which he brandishes a rifle and simulates a SEAL raid on RINOs — "Republicans in name only," as hardcore conservatives call moderates.

What we're hearing: If Greitens is the GOP nominee, Wood may well saddle up.

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