Former Trump adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle named national chair of Greitens Senate campaign

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    Former Gov. Eric Greitens waits to be introduced on April 16, 2021, at the Macon County Lincoln Days dinner. (Andrew Murphy photo)

    Kimberly Guifoyle, a former Fox News host and chair of former President Donald Trump’s campaign finance committee, was announced Monday as the national chair of former Gov. Eric Greitens’ U.S. Senate campaign.

    Guifoyle, who is also dating the former president’s son, said in a press release that she looks forward to “championing Gov. Greitens’ vision throughout Missouri and around the country.”

    Greitens and Guifoyle were recently spotted having lunch with other former Trump aides at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

    After announcing his intentions to run for the Senate seat of retiring Republican Roy Blunt, Greitens has begun making the rounds at county Lincoln Days around the state, where Republican candidates traditionally go to engage in retail politics, renew acquaintances and enlist volunteers.

    While he received a lukewarm reception at the Jackson County event, he was greeted with enthusiasm in Macon County — demonstrating that despite being forced to resign amid accusations of violent sexual misconduct, campaign corruption and theft, he maintains a base of support in swaths of rural Missouri that overwhelmingly voted for Trump in 2016 and 2020.

    His campaign seems focused on drawing parallels with the former president, insisting the push to impeach and remove him from office in 2018 by Republican supermajorities in the state legislature was a political “witch hunt” that was no different from Democratic efforts to impeach Trump.

    In Macon, he dropped Trump’s name 11 times in the first five minutes of his speech.

    In addition to Guifoyle, most of Greitens’ high-profile support has come from former Trump advisers from outside Missouri, such as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.