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Guilfoyle named as national chair of Greitens' Senate campaign in Missouri

Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly GuilfoyleThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP draws line on taxes; nation braces for Chauvin verdict Guilfoyle named as national chair of Greitens' Senate campaign in Missouri Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle buy M house near Mar-a-Lago MORE, the former Fox News host and Trump campaign adviser, will serve as the national chair of Eric Greitens’s Senate campaign, a move that suggests the disgraced former Missouri governor is deepening his ties to former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE’s orbit.

“Governor Greitens is a fighter who has stood with President Trump and has a proven record of advancing conservative, America First policies,” Guilfoyle, who is dating Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., said in a statement issued through Greitens’s campaign on Monday. 

“I am proud to join this team as the National Chair and look forward to championing Governor Greitens’ vision throughout Missouri and around the country.”

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Greitens, who resigned as governor nearly three years ago after a scandal-ridden year and a half in office, is vying for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Senate poised for all-day brawl over sweeping elections bill MORE (R-Mo.) next year. 

While he has proved to be a divisive figure within Republican circles, Greitens has managed to rack up a series of endorsements from within Trump’s orbit, including former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Michael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says client had 'Foxitis,' 'Foxmania' MORE and former Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court sets in motion EPA ban on pesticide linked to developmental issues | Trump Interior Secretary Zinke files to run for Congress, again | Senate passes bipartisan B water infrastructure bill Trump Interior Secretary Zinke files to run for Congress, again MORE

By bringing Guilfoyle into his campaign, Greitens is sending an unmistakable message that he is the candidate most closely aligned with Trump, who remains the most influential Republican in the country and commands the support of an ultra-conservative base of voters.

The GOP Senate primary in Missouri is shaping up to be a clear test of Trump’s political strength in his post-presidential life. Some Republicans inside and outside of Missouri are hoping to thwart Greitens’s chances of securing the GOP nomination next year, believing that he could cost Republicans a relatively safe Senate seat in 2022.

As governor, Greitens faced felony charges related to an alleged blackmail scheme in which he was accused of threatening to release nude photos of a women with whom he had an affair, as well as for allegations that he had improperly taken a donor list from a nonprofit he had founded to use in his gubernatorial campaign. 

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He resigned in June 2018 as GOP leaders in the state legislature met to consider whether to pursue his impeachment. 

The charges against him were eventually dropped and Greitens has said that the allegations against him were politically motivated. Still, many Republicans see the former governor as politically toxic and believe that his potential Senate nomination could give Democrats an opportunity to flip Blunt’s seat next year.

Allies of Greitens have cast him as the candidate most closely aligned with Trump and have suggested that the former president is likely to endorse him, though some in Trump’s orbit say that he’s in no hurry to weigh in on the primary. 

For now, Greitens’s main rival for the nomination is state Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who met with GOP leaders in Washington recently. But several other Missouri Republicans are also considering jumping into the race, including Reps. Jason SmithJason Thomas SmithGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Death should not be a taxable event — it's time to end the estate tax GOP ramps up attacks on Biden's border wall freeze MORE, Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again? MORE and Vicky HartzlerVicky Jo HartzlerBiden's self-inflicted crisis Guilfoyle named as national chair of Greitens' Senate campaign in Missouri Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE.