NEW YORK — Georgia Sen. Zell Miller, the Democrat who became the darling of Republicans when he spoke out against John Kerry at the Republican National Convention, has signed on as a Fox News contributor.
The senator, who virtually challenged “Hardball” host Chris Matthews to a duel amid a heated exchange during the convention, will contribute to a variety of shows throughout the day starting when he steps down from the Senate in January.
“I am excited to be joining Fox News Channel and am eager to contribute to the continuing success of the network,” Miller said.
Miller has been a U.S. senator from Georgia since he was elected in 2000 to serve the remaining four years of the late Paul Coverdell’s term. He was elected after serving two terms as Georgia governor from 1991-99.
Miller is not assigned to any specific show but is under contract to serve as a commentator as needed.
He provided the best TV moment of a highly scripted convention when he gave an interview after his speech to MSNBC host Chris Matthews.
Matthews asked if he truly believed an assertion he made that if John Kerry was elected, the troops in Iraq would have to defend themselves with “spitballs.”
Miller snapped back, asking Matthews if he’d ever heard of a metaphor and then said he wished “we were in a day when you could challenge a man to a duel.”
Fortunately, Matthews was conducting the interview from an MSNBC studio in Herald Square, several blocks away from Miller at the convention in Madison Square Garden.