Rep. Avlon From East Hampton?

Avlon started his career as a speechwriter for Mayor Rudy Giuliani before pursuing journalism.
Avlon started his career as a speechwriter for Mayor Rudy Giuliani before pursuing journalism. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
Dylan Byers
February 9, 2024

John Avlon, the CNN anchor and senior political analyst, intends to run for Congress this year as a Democrat in New York’s 1st congressional district, according to two sources with knowledge of his plans.

On Thursday, Avlon told colleagues he would be leaving CNN to “embark on a new chapter and pursue an opportunity that felt too purposeful to pass up,” but offered no further specifics. Avlon has not yet filed to run and has made no final decision. He declined to comment, but sources assured me that he is strongly considering the bid and that it was the reason for his departure from the network.