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Greitens names former Trump aide Kimberly Guilfoyle as national chair of his U.S. Senate campaign

Greitens names former Trump aide Kimberly Guilfoyle as national chair of his U.S. Senate campaign

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ST. LOUIS — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced Monday that Kimberly Guilfoyle, who served as an adviser to former President Donald Trump, has joined his campaign for U.S. Senate as its national chair.

Greitens’ campaign, in its announcement, touted Guilfoyle’s fundraising prowess for Trump. A former Fox News host, Guilfoyle is dating Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.

“Governor Greitens is a fighter who has stood with President Trump and has a proven record of advancing conservative, America First policies,” Guilfoyle said in a statement. “I am proud to join this team as the National Chair and look forward to championing Governor Greitens’ vision throughout Missouri and around the country.”

Guilfoyle is a key addition for Greitens as he and other contenders seek to win an endorsement from the former president in the GOP primary in 2022. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is the other declared Republican candidate hoping to succeed U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.

Other Republicans weighing bids are also seeking to get close to the former president’s fundraising apparatus and win Trump’s blessing.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the National Chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee, spoke on the first night of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 24, 2020. The party planned a mix of virtual and in-person events in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., for its nominating convention after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted plans for a traditional nominating event.

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U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, who represents the 8th Congressional District in southeast Missouri, plans an April 30 fundraiser at the Mar-a-Lago golf resort where Trump lives. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is on the guest list.

And Rep. Billy Long, who represents the 7th Congressional District in southwest Missouri, plans to attend a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser on April 28. Long told the Springfield News-Leader he was attending at Trump’s request.

Greitens in a statement called Guilfoyle a “true fighter” and said “her work on behalf of President Donald J. Trump was unmatched.”

Greitens resigned as governor in 2018 following ethics investigations into his campaign finances and criminal charges — later dropped — that he took a compromising photo of an ex-lover and threatened to release it if she exposed their affair. The former governor was married at the time, but he and his wife have since divorced.

Three Democrats have declared for the seat: former state Sen. Scott Sifton of Affton; Lucas Kunce, a Marine veteran from Independence, and Tim Shepard, an LGBTQ rights activist from Kansas City.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, a Democrat, is also said to be weighing a bid.

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