Kimberly Guilfoyle will be in charge of coordinating Donald Trump’s fundraising efforts for the 2020 election, the Trump campaign announced Wednesday.
According to Breitbart, Guilfoyle was appointed national chairwoman of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, which coordinates fundraising between the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC).
A former Fox News personality and the current girlfriend of Donald Trump, Jr., Guilfoyle has long been a vocal advocate for President Trump.
“The stakes have never been higher in a presidential election, which is why it’s my honor to serve as National Chair for the Trump Victory Finance Committee,” Guilfoyle said in a statement, according to The Hill. “The president’s record of success is drawing unprecedented support from across the country and these crucial financial resources will ensure he’s in a strong position to win in November.”
A surrogate for Trump
Since leaving Fox in 2018, Guilfoyle has become a notable surrogate for the president on the campaign trail and in media spots, earning her praise from Trump’s campaign chief, Brad Parscale. The Trump campaign manager lauded Guilfoyle in a statement as an effective spokeswoman who would strengthen the campaign’s financing efforts.
“Kimberly has been a powerful and effective leader and surrogate for President Trump and her expanded role will only make the re-election campaign stronger,” Parscale said, according to The Hill. “The president’s record of achievement is attracting unprecedented support, and Kimberly will lead the effort to convert that into the resources we’ll need to win.”
Guilfoyle has appeared alongside boyfriend Trump Jr. at numerous events to promote his new book, Triggered, and both have staunchly defended the president against his critics. The couple had a contentious appearance on The View last year, which was followed by an appearance at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. were shouted down by protesters, according to The Washington Post.
Before joining the Trump campaign as a senior adviser last year, Guilfoyle worked for Fox from 2006 until 2018, when she left to work for the pro-Trump Super PAC America First Action, according to The Hill. She is also a former prosecutor and the ex-wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat who has been embroiled in a running feud with President Trump over California’s homelessness crisis and sanctuary cities in the state.
The president has most recently attacked Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), both San Francisco politicians, over squalid conditions on the city’s streets, the New York Post notes.
Looking to 2020
For his part, Trump heads into his re-election year with loads of cash on hand, courtesy of a monster fundraising operation that has turned the president’s impeachment into a cash grab. The Trump Victory Finance Committee closed out the fourth quarter of 2019 having raised $154 million, The Hill noted, dwarfing fundraising by Democratic candidates.
The president also stands poised to claim vindication when the Senate inevitably votes to acquit him of impeachment charges brought by Democrats, and a packed Democratic primary field has so far failed to produce a compelling frontrunner.
Add to that a robust economy and a powerful fundraising operation now led by Guilfoyle, and Trump is heading into 2020 in a clear position of strength.