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Richard Grenell considering run for California governor

Former Trump administration official Richard Grenell is apparently considering a run for California governor, should a recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom succeed. Grenell became the first openly gay person to hold a cabinet-level position after twice-impeached former president Donald Trump last year named him to be temporary acting director of national intelligence. Previously, Grenell had served as ambassador to Germany. He frequently waded into debates over Trump and the Trump administration’s anti-LGBTQ actions, including claiming that the former president was “the strongest ally that gay Americans have ever had in the White House” — a statement that drew condemnation from LGBTQ organizations. Now, Politico reports that Grenell is putting in motion a plan to run for California governor. It comes amid efforts by Republicans in the state to recall Gov. Newsom, a Democrat, over conservative backlash to Newsom’s policies regarding COVID-19. The Republican National Committee has reportedly given $250,000 to the effort to recall Newsom, which is seeking the 1.5 million signatures necessary to add a recall to the ballot. Should the initiative succeed, Grenell will throw his hat into the ring for the inevitable run-off election for governor once the recall effort successful reaches the ballot, according to one of Politico‘s sources. However, the close Trump ally could face an uphill battle to convince voters, given they rejected Trump by an almost 2-1 margin in November’s presidential election — Biden won the state with 64% of votes, compared to Trump’s 34%. One GOP strategist told Politico that Grenell’s candidacy would be “a disaster. That’s a huge gift to Newsom to be able to frame the recall as Trumpists versus him.” Lest we forget, Grenell was a major player in “Gays For Trump”. As it turned out, the community is not.

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