The New York Times is citing three inside sources that claim that Lara Trump is considering running for the Senate in North Carolina to replace the retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr. Lara has been an outspoken surrogate for her father in law Donald Trump, spending much of her time in North Carolina. She has never said herself that she has any plans to run for elected office.
Lara served as an adviser to the Trump/Pence campaign and leading its Women’s Empowerment Tour. She is married to Trump’s son Eric. If she were to run for the Senate, she would have to move from New York City in order to be eligible. But until she says she is running or she moves to North Carolina, I wouldn’t be too quick to believe anything that comes from the NYT.
Fellow campaign adviser Mercedes Schlapp said:
“She’s 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.”
Kellyanne Conway added:
“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.”
Politico also cited an unnamed source in reporting that she has her eye on running for Burr’s seat.
The outlet reported:
A Lara Trump candidacy would upend what is already likely to be a crowded GOP primary to replace Burr. Mark Meadows, the president’s chief of staff and former congressman from the state, is considered a potential candidate. Retiring Rep. Mark Walker is also a likely contender after briefly considering a primary challenge to Tillis last year. Former Gov. Pat McCrory and outgoing Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who lost the governor’s race, could also be in the mix.
The Washington Examiner further noted:
North Carolina is a swing state but has tilted Republican in presidential and Senate elections. Democrats have not won a Senate contest there since 2006. Republicans have won the state’s Electoral College votes in three consecutive presidential races, although the president only defeated Biden by roughly 1.4 percentage points.