Avlon files to run for Congress after leaving CNN

Former CNN anchor John Avron filed to run for Congress after leaving the news network two weeks ago.

Avlon will run as a Democrat in New York’s 1st Congressional District, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) directory. His decision to run for Congress came after he announced his departure from CNN, where he was an anchor and senior political analyst, on February 8th.

He joins a group of Democratic candidates vying to unseat Rep. Nick Larota (R-N.Y.). Mr. Larota is serving his first term as the successor to former Representative Lee Zeldin (R-New York). He was one of more than a dozen New York Republican freshmen who helped turn the House red in 2022.

Avron, a former editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, joined CNN in 2010 and became a full-time employee of the network in 2018.

The former CNN political analyst will be running against former state Sen. James Gaughlan and former New York City Administrative Law Judge Craig Herskowitz, who also worked in former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. Organic chemist Nancy Goroff is also running in the primary after losing to Zeldin by 11 points in 2020.

New York’s 1st Congressional District covers the eastern portion of Long Island and Suffolk County and is considered a purple swing seat.

pack announced on February 9th that Avron intended to run.

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