Kimberly Guilfoyle speaks as she tapes her speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
When Kimberly Guilfoyle left California 17 years ago, bound for cable news stardom in New York City, she was a highly-regarded San Francisco prosecutor and the telegenic wife of San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Now there’s talk that Guilfoyle could return to California to run for political office. But she’d find that many residents of her home state would have a darker view of her, after her fervent speeches for President Trump’s re-election, her romance with his son, Donald Trump Jr., and her call for Trump supporters to “fight” before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Politico reported Friday that “some Republicans” are urging Guilfoyle, a top fundraiser for Trump’s 2020 campaign, to move back to the Golden State to run for public office.
The report in Politico’s California Playbook didn’t specify which office she might seek. But the report raised the specter of an imagined run against her now-ex, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, should he face a recall election or when he seeks re-election in 2022.
The Politico report came the same day that Guilfoyle, 51, returned to the political stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. The San Francisco native and former Fox News host did an extended version of what’s become known as her signature hip-shaking dance as she walked to the podium.
Live shot of Kimberly Guilfoyle at CPAC. pic.twitter.com/aCy5pSC2rC
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) February 26, 2021
During her speech, Guilfoyle spoke of Trump still being a vital political force in America’s political life even though he lost the Nov. 3 election. She proclaimed: “I will confidently say that President Trump from his desk at Mar-a-Lago will accomplish more for America in the next four years than Joe Biden and Kamala Harris could dream of.”
Before Friday, Guilfoyle had kept a low profile in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection. That day, as congress prepared to finalize Joe Biden’s victory, she appeared in a chilling backstage video, recorded before Trump’s rally that preceded the deadly attack. In the video, recorded by Trump Jr., she did her favorite dance and urged Trump supporters to “fight.”
There’s a dancing 💩 emoji!? #TheSeditionShuffle@kimguilfoyle @DonaldJTrumpJr pic.twitter.com/YCEkw8wWjZ
— Michael Ⓜ️ (@michaelschweitz) January 7, 2021
Kimberly Guilfoyle before the insurrection rally,
“Have the courage to do the right thing, fight!”. pic.twitter.com/Z2jHvHZweD
— Mystery Solvent (@MysterySolvent) January 7, 2021
After Trump finally gave up his baseless claims of widespread election fraud and prepared to leave office, reports said Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. were settling into a newly purchased home in Florida, near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
The Politico report didn’t specify how or when Guilfoyle might return to California, especially in light of her and Trump Jr.’s move to Florida. But it’s likely that a bid for statewide office would be a long shot for her, given how widely unpopular Trump is in California, losing the state to Biden by nearly 30 points, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Guilfoyle might have better luck seeking office in one of four congressional districts identified by the National Republican Congressional Committee as targets in the 2022 mid-terms. They include John Garimendi’s seat in the 3rd congressional district, Josh Harder’s seat in Turlock, and two seats in Southern California.
During the 2018 mid-term elections, Guilfoyle appeared to have a good time campaigning for Republican congressional candidates in Southern California.
Wishing all the best of luck to Antonio Sabato Jr in his race! A great person, great message and someone who loves America!
— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) September 10, 2018
Guilfoyle voiced optimism that California voters were ready to embrace Trump’s MAGA values in an interview with Breitbart News.
“There’s a healthy love of capitalism and opportunity for free markets in this state, and it can transcend the social strife and political issues here,” Guilfoyle said at the time. The San Francisco native touted her Puerto Rican heritage to argue that Trump has fans in the state’s Latino community, while saying that many Californians feel oppressed by the dominant liberal political ideology.
Guilfoyle railed more loudly against the liberal agenda and the perceived harm it has caused California at the the Republican National Convention in August.
this is a photograph from this evening that i am now sharing on twitter pic.twitter.com/FPwAeyPrNJ
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) August 25, 2020
In a speech that turned her into a Twitter meme, Guilfoyle urged people to vote for Trump by famously yelling: “The best is yet to come!”
Before that, she said Democrats had turned California, “a place of immense wealth, immeasurable innovation and an immaculate environment,” into “a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes.”