Lara Trump rumored to be eyeing 2022 run in North Carolina, could be ‘an immediate front runner’
The year 2022 could be shaping up to be intriguing from a political point of view in North Carolina, given that incumbent GOP Senator Richard Burr is not seeking reelection. Lara Trump, President Trump’s daughter in law, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows are rumored to be eyeing the seat.
The spouse of middle son Eric Trump, Lara was born in Wilmington, N.C., is a graduate of North Carolina State University, and an ex-TV producer, and was one of the president’s most effective surrogates on the campaign trail.
According to what an unnamed insider told Fox News, Lara Trump is interested in exploring this run for federal office and would “automatically be considered formidable.” The couple would need to leave New York and relocate their family to the Tarheel State, however, to make this happen.
“‘The president gave her the responsibility of winning North Carolina in 2016 and in 2020 — she did it both times,’ the source said, calling her a ‘household name’ and saying she is ‘well-known among the Republican Party.’ Were she to run, she should be considered an immediate front runner,’ the source said,” Fox News reported.
According to Trump campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp, Lara Trump is “very charismatic, she understands retail politics well, and has a natural instinct for politics In North Carolina, in particular, she’s a household name and people know her. She worked really hard on the campaign and was very involved in a lot of decisions throughout,” the New York Times reported.
Added ex-White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, “She has the trifecta: She can raise money, raise awareness of key issues and raise attention to her race. Unlike many typical politicians, she connects with people and is a compelling messenger.”
Meadows, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, represented North Carolina’s 11th congressional district from 2013 to 2020, when he took the job at the White House. Republican Madison Cawthorn won the vacant seat in Election 2020. If Lara Trump officially decided to run, it is very unlikely that a Trump loyalist like Mark Meadows would primary her. That would not necessarily hold true for other high-profile Republicans in the state, however.
As alluded to above, President Trump won North Carolina despite Democrats making last-minute changes to water down voting procedures. GOP U.S. Sen Thom Tillis was also reelected, fending off a challenge from scandal-ridden, stealth liberal Democrat Cal Cunningham, who at one point was the favorite in the contest.
Retiring Sen. Burr, who recently got caught up in alleged insider trading, was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Under his tenure, for some reason he generally allowed Democrats to run the show.
Speculation has also emerged that Donald Trump Jr. might seek elective office, but it would be very challenging to do so from the deep blue Empire State.
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Don Sr. 2024 could also a possibility, depending on how things go with the pending election litigation.