Former Trump campaign manager advising Jenner on potential California gubernatorial run
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Former Trump campaign manager Brad ParscaleBrad ParscaleAides tried to get Trump to stop attacking McCain in hopes of clinching Arizona: report MORE is advising reality television star Caitlyn Jenner on a possible bid to challenge California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom proposes transitional kindergarten for all 4-year-olds in California Grenell still interested in California recall bid Records show Jenner voted in 2020, even though she says she didn't: report MORE (D), according to multiple reports.

A source familiar with the discussions told CNN that Parscale agreed to help Jenner, who is reportedly his “friend.” He is assisting her with finding people for campaign roles should she move forward with the run, and is not a paid adviser.

Sources with knowledge of the matter also confirmed the news with The New York Post and The New York Times.


Parscale was the digital guru for former President TrumpDonald TrumpWarren says Republican party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill McConnell says he's 'great admirer' of Liz Cheney but mum on her removal MORE’s 2016 presidential bid, and later became his campaign manager for his 2020 bid. He was demoted to senior adviser last July, though he still ran the campaign’s digital strategy.

Parscale ultimately stepped away from any role with the Trump campaign in late September to deal with “overwhelming stress” on him and his family.  He was reportedly hospitalized after threatening to harm himself during a tense standoff with police. 

Jenner, who voted for Trump in 2016, was an outspoken critic of the former administration’s policies that she felt harmed the LGBTQ community.

“The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community,” Jenner wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post in 2018. “He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity. He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party."

The report comes after Axios reported on Tuesday that Jenner, a longtime Republican, was looking to run for governor, and was exploring a run with GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren.

Newsom is currently facing a recall effort over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in the state.