It seemed like the perfect act of revenge.
Dan Goldman was the top lawyer leading the first bid to impeach Donald Trump, proving a thorn in the side for the then-president.
Today Goldman made his next big career move, a run for Congress in one of the most Democratic seats in the country.
In a tight race in the primary, Goldman was narrowly ahead of a divided field in New York’s 10th congressional district.
“Lawyer Dan Goldman is running for Congress, NY-10, and it is my great honour to strongly endorse him,” Trump wrote on his social media platform.
“I do this not because of the fact that he headed up the Impeachment Committee and lost, but because he was honourable, fair, and highly intelligent.
“While it was my honour to beat him, and beat him badly, Dan Goldman has a wonderful future ahead.”
It seemed like the ultimate spite move. Few places in America are more anti-Trump than this congressional district, which takes in the bottom of Manhattan and part of Brooklyn.
By endorsing Goldman, Trump was giving the candidate the kiss of death.
Goldman’s campaign quickly rejected the endorsement.
“True to form, Trump is trying to meddle in an election,” his campaign said in a statement.
“This is a pathetic attempt at fooling Democrats who are far smarter than Trump is, and it’s clear that only one candidate in NY-10 is living rent-free in Trump’s head.
“Buckle up Donald. Dan’s coming for you.”
Meanwhile, his closest opponent Yuh-Line Niou was quick to advertise to voters that she was not endorsed by Trump.
In the end, Trump’s endorsement had little impact.
Goldman prevailed in the primary with 25.8 per cent of the vote, at the current count.
Niou was narrowly behind with 23.7 per cent.
Winning the Democratic primary is tantamount to victory in the seat. The last Republican to represent New York’s 10th district lost to a Democrat 100 years ago.
As the heir to the Levi Strauss jeans fortune, Goldman will become one of the richest members of Congress.