Caitlyn Jenner is working with Trump aide Brad Parscale on her potential California gubernatorial bid

Television personality Caitlyn Jenner attends WORLDZ Cultural Marketing Summit at Hollywood and Highland on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Television personality Caitlyn Jenner attends WORLDZ Cultural Marketing Summit at Hollywood and Highland on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Caitlyn Jenner is seeking political advice from Brad Parscale on her possible California gubernatorial bid.
  • Parscale is advising Jenner on potential campaign personnel on an unpaid basis, per CNN.
  • The reality TV star is also seeking advice from a former Trump campaign fundraiser, Caroline Wren.
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Caitlyn Jenner is seeking political advice from former President Donald Trump’s estranged aide, Brad Parscale, on her possible California gubernatorial bid.

Parscale, who served as Trump’s campaign manager before being demoted last summer, is a friend of Jenner’s and is advising Jenner on campaign personnel without being paid, CNN and The New York Times reported. The reality TV star and former US Olympic athlete has also sought advice from Caroline Wren, another Republican operative who fundraised for Trump’s 2020 campaign.

Axios first reported earlier this week that Jenner, a longtime Republican, is considering her debut run for office as embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall attempt. California is a solidly blue state and Newsom was elected with 61% of the vote in 2018, but the state has had a few Republican governors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan.

Trump turned against Parscale last year as his poll numbers dropped and reports about his longtime aide’s aggressive spending habits. Parscale, who told Insider that he was “slowly pushed out” of the campaign, was arrested and hospitalized in September after his wife, Candice Parscale, alleged he was drunk, suicidal, and had hit her. Candice later retracted her statements to the police and a federal judge ordered that Parscale’s guns be removed from his possession.

Parscale was brought back onto Trump’s team to build the former president’s new website and help lead his digital efforts after the election.

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Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly considering a run for California governor

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Caitlyn Jenner speaks at the 4th annual Women’s March LA: Women Rising at Pershing Square on January 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Caitlyn Jenner is considering a run for California governor, according to Axios.
  • Tuesday’s report comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom likely faces a recall election this year.
  • Jenner is a longtime Republican.
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Caitlyn Jenner is considering a run for California governor as embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall attempt, according to an Axios report on Tuesday.

The US Olympic athlete and former “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” reality TV star has been speaking to political advisors about her potential candidacy, three people familiar with the matter told the outlet.

Caroline Wren, a Republican fundraiser who previously fundraised for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, is working with Jenner, Axios reported. Wren did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment. A spokesperson for Jenner also did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

The report comes as Newsom likely faces a recall election later this year, a unique situation that allows voters to decide whether to remove him from office during the middle of his four-year term. Newsom won the 2018 gubernatorial election with 61% of the vote.

The last time Californians recalled a governor was in 2003, when Democratic Gov. Gray Davis was ousted and replaced by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Republicans have launched a recall campaign against Newsom as part of a growing backlash over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, the state has reported more than 3.6 million cases and over 59,000 deaths, according to data compiled by The New York Times.

The race has not yet been authorized. Nearly 1,500,000 petition signatures from registered voters are required to put the election on the ballot, ABC News reported. Recall organizers say they have exceeded that minimum, but state and local officials have until April 29 to count the signatures and determine if an election will be held, Capital Radio News reported.

Should she decide to enter the race, Jenner, a longtime Republican, would join three Republicans who have already announced their intentions to run in a recall election.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calls sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo ‘disgusting’ and says ‘he can no longer serve as governor’

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s resignation on Thursday.
  • “It is disgusting to me, and he can no longer serve as governor,” de Blasio said.
  • Cuomo and de Blasio have long feuded during their Empire State overlap.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over the string of sexual harassment allegations against him.

“It is disgusting to me, and he can no longer serve as governor,” de Blasio said during a news conference. “It’s as simple as that.”

De Blasio’s comments come after a sixth woman has accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. The Albany Times Union reported on Wednesday that an unnamed female staffer said Cuomo “aggressively groped her in a sexually charged manner” last year after she had been called to the Executive Mansion, his residence, to solve a technology issue. Once there, the governor allegedly closed the door, reached under her shirt and began to fondle her, a source with direct knowledge of the unnamed aide’s claims told the The Albany Times Union.

“It’s deeply troubling,” de Blasio said. “The specific allegation that the governor called an employee of his – someone who he had power over – called them to a private place and then sexually assaulted her is absolutely unacceptable.”

The women who have come forward in the past month have accused Cuomo of sexual harassment, inappropriate workplace behavior, and non-consensual advances while he has been governor and during his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration.

Lawmakers across New York state have urged Cuomo to resign in light of the allegations, but the governor has said he will not step down. Fifty-nine New York Democrats released a joint letter on Thursday calling for his resignation.

In recent weeks Cuomo has also come under attack over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in nursing homes and safety issues on a billion-dollar bridge the governor named after his father.

Cuomo and de Blasio overlapped during their time at HUD in the Clinton years, but their relationship became publicly toxic over the course of the mayor’s first term.

The Cuomo-de Blasio feud spilled over to New York’s coronavirus response, with the governor often contradicting the mayor hours or even minutes after de Blasio would hold a press briefing.

The mayor also dug into Cuomo in mid-February as the governor’s management style was coming under scrutiny, saying “bullying is nothing new” for Cuomo and that he had received threatening phone calls from him in the past.

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Cuomo says kissing and hugging people is his ‘usual and customary way of greeting’ but apologizes ‘if they were offended by it’

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on September 29, 2020.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his “usual” way of greeting people involves hugging and kissing.
  • “You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people,” Cuomo said Wednesday.
  • Cuomo apologized for his behavior with women who have recently accused him of sexual harassment.¬†
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday responded to sexual harassment accusations against him, and said that his “usual and customary way of greeting” involves kissing and hugging people and apologized if the behavior offended anyone.

“You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people: women, men, children, et cetera,” Cuomo said during a news briefing in response to a newly circulated photo of him placing his hands on a woman’s face at a wedding reception in New York City in 2019. “You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people, men, women. It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

“It was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, referring to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable. You want to reach out to them.”

“I kiss and hug legislators,” he added. “I was at an event in Queens the other day, hugged the pastors and the assembly members who were there. So that is my way to do that.”

The woman in the photo, 33-year-old Anna Ruch, has recently accused Cuomo of sexual harassment. She told The New York Times that their interaction made her feel “uncomfortable and embarrassed.” Two other women, Lindsey Boylan and Charlotte Bennett, both former aides to Cuomo, have also recently come forward with sexual harassment claims against the governor. Both alleged the governor had made unwanted sexual advances towards them.

Cuomo apologized on Wednesday for his past behavior with the women and said that he was “ashamed” over it.

“What I also understand is, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter my intent. What it matters is if anybody was offended by it,” Cuomo said. “And I could intend no offense, but if they were offended by it, then it was wrong. And if they were offended by it, I apologize.”

New York Attorney General Tish James is kicking off an investigation into the sexual harassment claims. Cuomo on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to wait for the results of the case before forming an opinion on the matter.

Several lawmakers have called for Cuomo’s resignation in light of the allegations, yet the governor on Wednesday made clear that he does not intend to step down. Some have also called for Cuomo’s impeachment.

“I apologized several days ago. I apologized today,” Cuomo said. “I will apologize tomorrow. I will apologize the day after.”

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s former press secretary, is running for governor of Arkansas

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Press briefing by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders (aka Sarah Huckabee Sanders) in the White House Press Briefing Room on July 23, 2018.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a former press secretary for President Donald Trump, is running for governor of Arkansas, according to multiple reports.

Sanders served as the White House press secretary from 2017 to 2019. Since leaving the administration she has remained a staunch defender of Trump.

Sanders, 38, is also the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and her run for the office has been widely expected.

She plans to make a video announcement of her candidacy on Monday, The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey first reported.

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A campaign official also confirmed to the Associated Press that Sanders is entering the race.

Arkansas is a solidly red state and was easily won by Trump in the 2020 election. The current governor is Republican Asa Hutchinson, who has been in office since 2015 and cannot run again due to term limits.

The election is scheduled to take place on November 8, 2022.

The other Republican candidates include Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

But Dawsey reported Sanders is Trump’s candidate of choice, and that she is leading in early polls.

During her time has press secretary, Sanders was a controversial figure, often sparring with reporters and at times criticized for spreading false information in defense of the president.

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