Former President Donald Trump has remained largely out of the spotlight since leaving office earlier this year, but plenty of evidence indicates that he and his family plan to remain fixtures within the nation’s political class.
As The Hill reported on Monday, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is romantically involved with Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is set to serve as the national campaign chair for Eric Greitens ahead of his bid for a U.S. Senate seat.
“Throughout Missouri and around the country”
In a statement, Guilfoyle touted the former GOP Missouri governor as “a fighter who has stood with President Trump and has a proven record of advancing conservative, America First policies.”
She added that she is “proud to join this team” and looks forward “to championing Governor Greitens’ vision throughout Missouri and around the country.”
Guilfoyle, a former Fox News Channel personality who previously worked on Trump’s re-election campaign, has been linked to Trump Jr. since 2018.
For his part, Greitens is a controversial figure who was elected governor in 2016 but resigned two years later amid felony charges that he allegedly attempted to blackmail a woman with whom he had been having an affair.
He was accused of threatening to release nude images of the woman, but no photos were ever produced and the charges were ultimately dropped.
“The people of Missouri need a fighter”
Greitens also faced accusations of improperly using a donor list from a nonprofit organization he founded, but county prosecutors announced in May 2018 that charges would not be filed in the matter.
In February 2020, however, Greitens was fined $178,000 for a pair of campaign finance violations following a Missouri Ethics Commission probe that found “no evidence of any wrongdoing on part of Eric Greitens, individually, and no evidence” that he knew of his campaign’s wrongdoing.
According to the terms of a consent decree, the former governor would be required to pay $38,000 with the balance forgiven if he committed no further violations.
He announced his Senate bid last month, telling Fox News: “I think that now the people of Missouri need a fighter in the United States Senate.”
In a campaign stop on Friday, he pledged to “stand up to the establishment and stand up to the left,” signaling that his candidacy has been met with “bar-fight intensity” among his supporters across the state.