Former Trump campaign manager advising Jenner on potential California gubernatorial run
Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is advising reality television star Caitlyn Jenner on a possible bid to challenge California Gov. Gavin Newsom (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.
Parscale was the digital guru for former President Trump’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.