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April 8, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner may be eyeing a California gubernatorial bid — and it looks like a former top Trump campaign official is helping out.

The reality TV star and former athlete has reportedly been exploring running for governor of California, and CNN reports she's "getting advice" about how to set up the possible campaign from Brad Parscale, who served as campaign manager for former President Donald Trump in 2020.

Parscale is "providing guidance" to Jenner on who to pick to fill roles in the potential campaign, The New York Times' Maggie Haberman reported. The two have reportedly known each other for several years, and Parscale is helping as a "friend" but isn't a paid adviser, according to CNN.

In July 2020, Parscale was replaced as Trump's 2020 campaign manager after a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, drew a disappointingly small crowd, and he later stepped away from the campaign following an incident in which he was involuntarily detained by police after "threatening to harm himself," officials said.

Axios previously reported that Jenner was talking with political consultants and "actively" exploring a run for governor as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is set to face a recall election. She's reportedly also being assisted by Caroline Wren, who worked for a fundraising committee that raised money for Trump's 2020 campaign and helped organize a rally he addressed on Jan. 6 before the Capitol riot, per Axios.

Jenner is a Republican and has said she voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election, although she later blasted him in a 2018 op-ed, saying the "trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president" and that Trump "has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community." Brendan Morrow

April 6, 2021

Almost three months after former President Donald Trump left the White House, another Republican reality TV star may be eying a political campaign of their own.

Caitlyn Jenner has been "actively" exploring running for governor of California and has been talking with political consultants about potentially doing so, Axios reported on Tuesday, citing three sources.

Jenner, the former athlete and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, is reportedly being assisted by longtime Republican fundraiser Caroline Wren, who helped organize the Jan. 6 rally Trump spoke at before the Capitol riot. Jenner is a Republican who voted for Trump in 2016, although in a 2018, she criticized him and said she was wrong to think he would help transgender people as president.

"The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president," Jenner wrote at the time. "The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community. He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity."

Jenner previously considered running for Senate in California, saying in 2017 she was weighing whether she might accomplish more by "working the perimeter of the political scene" or "from the inside," per USA Today. But Jenner's manager in February shot down speculation she could run for governor, saying she has "never considered" it.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is set to face a recall election, and several Republicans have already announced plans to challenge him. Former California Gov. Gray Davis (D), Axios noted, previously faced a recall in 2003, and Arnold Schwarzenegger ultimately replaced him. "Not quite Schwarzenegger level," Politico's Alex Thompson wrote of Jenner's potential bid, "but would be something." Brendan Morrow

November 19, 2020

President Trump may or may not run again in 2024 following his re-election loss, but another Trump could end up seeking office sooner.

Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law, "has been telling associates she is considering a run for Senate in 2022," The New York Times reported on Thursday.

This bid would be for the North Carolina Senate seat currently occupied by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who doesn't plan to seek re-election in 2022. Lara Trump is the wife of the president's son Eric, and she served as an adviser to his 2020 campaign. Previously, she was a producer for Inside Edition.

While Lara Trump didn't comment on her reported political ambitions to the Times, Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp praised her as "very charismatic" and someone who "has a natural instinct for politics," adding that "in North Carolina, in particular, she's a household name and people know her."

Should she decide to run, though, she's likely to face plenty of competition including from someone else close to the president. After all, the Times reports that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who formerly represented North Carolina in the House of Representatives, "is widely expected to move back home and run for the seat as well." Read more at The New York Times. Brendan Morrow

October 5, 2018

Sen. Susan Collins' (R-Maine) support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has earned her a lot of enemies — including, perhaps, an ex-national security adviser.

Collins seemed to be one of the last senators undecided on whether to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but her lengthy Senate floor speech Friday in support of Kavanaugh suggested a good deal of preparation. Her decision also incensed a lot of Democrats. As soon as she was done, a few potential candidates stepped up to take her down in 2020.

Maine's speaker of the House, Democrat Sara Gideon, was the first to say she'd consider running in a Facebook post after Collins' speech. Then, former President Barack Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice threw out this cryptic sign.

Rice later tweeted that she's "not making any announcements," but did reaffirm that "Maine and America deserve better" than Collins' vote for Kavanaugh. But no matter who opts to oppose Collins when she's up for re-election in 2020, they'll have a good chunk of change on their side. In September, a group of activists launched a Crowdpac fundraiser for a to-be-determined Democratic Senate candidate in Maine, provided Collins voted "yes" on Kavanaugh.

The campaign was nearing $2 million as Collins took the floor on Friday, and, as you can see below, that speech certainly didn't do her any favors. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 8, 2018

Citing two sources in her inner circle, CNN reported Monday that Oprah Winfrey is in fact debating a presidential run in 2020. The network additionally reported that her friends “have been privately urging her to run" and that the television mogul is "actively thinking" about the idea.

CNN's story comes a day after Winfrey gave a powerful speech at Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, where she was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. In her remarks, Winfrey expressed admiration for journalists and railed against the scourge of sexual assault, leading to rampant speculation — and some excitement — for her hypothetical candidacy. CNN noted that Winfrey's partner, Stedman Graham, told the Los Angeles Times that Winfrey "would absolutely [run]," though he did caution that "it's up to the people."

Winfrey made her name in Hollywood during her 25 years as the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, though she's gone on to pursue various other enterprises. Her name-recognition isn't the only thing that could make her a strong candidate; she also has a reported net worth of $2.8 billion, which would be a significant boost for her hypothetical coffers.

If Winfrey were to run as a Democrat, she would enter what is expected to be a deep field of candidates that may include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), as well as former Vice President Joe Biden. A poll conducted last March showed Winfrey leading President Trump by seven points in a hypothetical head-to-head presidential election in 2020. Kelly O'Meara Morales

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