It could happen. Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump, is slated to consider running for the seat of the open Senate in North Carolina in 2022. Senator Richard Burr is retiring at the end of his term. For the first time in a generation there will be an open Senate seat in 2022. Is Lara Trump the face of the next generation of Trump politicians?
Lara Trump is from North Carolina, a Democratic stronghold until demographics and the rise in the number of independent voters turned into a swing state. Their daughter is called Carolina, after her home state. The president won North Carolina by just 1.3 percentage points, less than four years ago. This could be a sign that North Carolina will be trending blue in an election year after Trump. The race is likely to be highly competitive and is expected to attract a large field of candidates interested in running for the Senate seat. She would, so to speak, jump in front of politicians who have been waiting for the opportunity for years. Will Republicans vote the next person again, as they did in the years before Trump, or will they remain open to someone who comes from the outside world, not the political world?
So who could Ms. Trump be in a Major Republican Race?
There is Representative Mark Walker, an ally of Trump who the president has encouraged to run for Mr. Burr’s seat and who has indicated that he would support him. There’s Pat McCrory, the former governor, who said he was eyeing the seat. Tim Moore, the House Speaker in North Carolina, is said to be there. And Dan Forest, who has just lost a race for governor to Democratic incumbent Roy Cooper, is expected to be there.
And then there is another contender from the president’s inner circle, at least in the current situation: Mark Meadows, the former North Carolina representative and White House chief of staff, is expected to return home and run for the seat as well. Mr. Meadows’ advisers declined to comment on his political future.
I assume Trump would support his daughter-in-law to his ally Mark Walker if they both ran. Will Mark Meadows be popular enough to win an elementary school with many other candidates? He endorsed a candidate in the main race to fill his vacant place in the house when he went to work at the White House, but that person did not win. It is not clear that as the White House chief of staff, he received enough attention to be considered the best candidate in the Senate race. Perhaps he could bring the old band back together and be supported by some prominent members of the Freedom Caucus in the house he used to run.
Lara Trump turned out to be the surprise star of the Trump family in the president’s re-election campaign. She has a resume with a personal trainer and television producer for Inside Edition. You and Eric have two very young children. She was a senior advisor to the Trump campaign and was an active member of the Women for Trump group.
“She is very charismatic, understands retail politics well and has a natural instinct for politics,” said Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign advisor who traveled the country alongside Ms. Trump as a deputy. “She’s a household name, especially in North Carolina, and people know her. She worked very hard on the campaign and was very involved in many decisions throughout. “
Previous predictions usually indicated that Donald Trump Jr. would be the next generation of Trumps running for political office. Some speculation has suggested that Ivanka might run for office, but that always seemed unlikely. Both Ivanka and Lara were used by the campaign to target women voters – Ivanka for suburban women, Lara for other areas. Lara should be able to deal well with people on the campaign.
“She would be impressive,” said Kellyanne Conway, a former White House official and 2016 Trump campaign manager. “She has the trifecta: she can raise money, raise awareness on key issues, and draw attention to her race. Unlike many typical politicians, she connects with people and is a compelling ambassador. “
The Club for Growth commissioned a survey to determine potential support for Lara Trump if she is running for office. At the time, it was supposed to be running in New York’s Second Ward. It was all hypothetical, Lara Trump has never shown interest in doing this run. Nevertheless, she won with 30 points.
The Club for Growth, an influential conservative anti-tax group, commissioned a poll of Ms. Trump as a candidate for Congress, who represents New York’s Second District, earlier this year.
David McIntosh, the president of Club for Growth, said at the time that the group simply asked her name to show there was good support and got her into an open race.
In a hypothetical area code, the poll showed that she won with 30 points.
Stranger things have happened. It may never come about, but in the meantime, it’s fun to speculate about future races as we all know the 2022 election season has already begun.