Guilfoyle Kimberly

Kimberly Guilfoyle trashed California. She goes way back with two of the state’s most important Democrats. – The Washington Post

Early in her speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night, Kimberly Guilfoyle used her home state as an ominous warning.

“If you want to see the socialist Biden-Harris future for our country,” she cautioned, “just take a look at California.”

What she recalled as a “place of immense wealth, immeasurable innovation [and] an immaculate environment” had been razed by Democrats “into a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes,” she said.

Yet it is perhaps no coincidence that Guilfoyle, a prosecutor-turned-Fox News host-turned Trump surrogate, has long, contentious ties with two of that state’s most prominent Democrats: Gov. Gavin Newsom, her ex-husband, and Sen. Kamala D. Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee and her former office rival.

During an opening night filled with no shortage of noteworthy speakers, few seemed to draw quite as much attention — or yell out their words quite as loudly — as Guilfoyle, a top fundraising official for the Trump campaign and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend.

Stephen Colbert joked on “The Late Show” that the unusually shouty address was the first time he ever had to turn the volume down on C-SPAN. Journalists for right-wing publications noted that her booming voice seemed more appropriate for a rally, not an empty ballroom broadcast live on television.

“I heard Kim Guilfoyle’s speech and my TV’s not even on,” wrote Chuck Ross, a reporter at the Daily Caller.

Her message was a far cry from her time as a highflying government attorney in California.

As The Washington Post’s Sarah Ellison and Dan Zak reported in 2018, Guilfoyle was born in San Francisco to an Irish father and a Puerto Rican mother who died young. (At the convention, Guilfoyle introduced herself as a first-generation American and suggested her mother was an immigrant, even though Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory.)

After law school, she landed a job in the San Francisco District Attorney’s office but was quickly let go by a new district attorney. After moving to Los Angeles to serve as a prosecutor there, she made a bid in 2000 to return to her former workplace.

But as Guilfoyle tells it, there was one obstacle in her way: a young assistant district attorney named Kamala D. Harris.

“The bottom line is she didn’t want me there,” Guilfoyle told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. “She called me and said basically … that I should have gone through her if I wanted to return to the D.A.’s office — and that there was no money to hire me.”

Harris, however, had a very different recollection of that phone call. In an interview with the Chronicle, the future vice-presidential candidate said she had in fact called Guilfoyle to offer her support.

“I never discouraged her from joining the office,” said Harris, then in the middle of a campaign for San Francisco district attorney. “I never suggested to her there wasn’t a job for her in the San Francisco D.A.’s office — of that, I’m very clear.”

Guilfoyle did get the job, and soon — in between suing robbers and arsonists — her buzzing social life earned her a media moniker as “the babe of the San Francisco bar,” The Post reported.

A big part of that reputation was her high-profile relationship with Newsom, then serving on the city’s board of supervisors. The couple had been introduced at a political fundraiser by his father, a retired court of appeals judge, and soon her father would get pulled into Newsom’s inner political circle. (Her speech on Monday only mentioned the elder Guilfoyle’s “pursuit of the American Dream.”)

In 2001, the young couple’s wedding was declared “the social event of the year,” and when Newsom launched a campaign for mayor, she gladly left her job to join the campaign. After all, she pointed out, it was his interest in public service that helped win her over.

“He had a keen mind in terms of the political issues of the time,” Guilfoyle said during a joint interview with Newsom on “Charlie Rose” in 2004, two years before the couple divorced. “I knew that he had the vision, and the discipline, and as it turns out the courage to be in politics and do the right thing.”

More than 15 years later, speaking to millions of viewers, she suggested her ex-husband’s policies in Sacramento were akin to those being implemented in Havana and Caracas.

“Rioters must not be allowed to destroy our cities,” Guilfoyle proclaimed on TV. “Human, sex, drug traffickers should not be allowed to cross our border. The same socialist policies which destroyed places like Cuba and Venezuela must not take root in our cities and our schools.”

The fact that she singled out the state governed by Newsom was not lost on many Twitter users, who flooded the platform with images from a 2004 Harper’s Bazaar story that called the couple “The New Kennedys.”

Neither Harris nor Newsom, who is leading the state’s response to several blazing wildfires in Northern California, commented publicly on Monday night about Guilfoyle’s criticism of her home state.

Guilfoyle, though, seemed to have addressed her sharp rightward shift years ago.

As she told The Post in 2018, “I have fully recovered from San Francisco.”

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Guilfoyle Kimberly

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus – The New York Times

Politics|Kimberly Guilfoyle, Top Fund-Raising Official for Trump Campaign, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

She is the third person in proximity of President Trump known to have contracted the virus.

Credit…Evan Vucci/Associated Press

Maggie Haberman

Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of President Trump’s eldest son and a top fund-raising official for the Trump re-election campaign, tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday before a Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with her condition said.

Ms. Guilfoyle traveled to South Dakota with Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., in anticipation of attending a huge fireworks display where the president was set to speak. They did not travel aboard Air Force One, according to the person familiar with her condition, and she was the only person in the group who tested positive.

As a routine precaution, people who come in close contact with Mr. Trump are screened for the virus.

Ms. Guilfoyle is the third person in possible proximity to Mr. Trump known to have contracted the virus. A personal valet who served Mr. Trump his food and the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for the virus in May.

Ms. Guilfoyle was not experiencing symptoms, the person familiar with her condition said. She and the younger Mr. Trump never met up with the president’s entourage, the person said. Out of caution, the couple plans to drive back from South Dakota to the East Coast, the person said.

Still, that another person who was expected to be near Mr. Trump tested positive — and someone who most staff aides consider a member of the Trump family — is likely to renew attention around potential risks to the president.

Ms. Guilfoyle attended Mr. Trump’s indoor rally last month in Tulsa, Okla. Before and since then, some campaign staff and Secret Service personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus. Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate who was also at the rally, said this week that he had been hospitalized with the virus.

Sergio Gor, the chief of staff for the Trump Victory Finance Committee, said in a statement that Ms. Guilfoyle “was immediately isolated to limit any exposure.” He added, “She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic, but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events.” The younger Mr. Trump, despite testing negative, was self-isolating and canceling public events as a precaution, Mr. Gor said.

Even as outbreaks have emerged in the South and West and as states across the country report a record number of cases each day, White House officials — and Mr. Trump in particular — have minimized their focus on the virus in public appearances. In an interview on Wednesday, the president indicated that he believed the virus was “going to sort of just disappear.”

The president’s aides recently modified protocols for people entering the White House grounds, abandoning routine temperature checks, for instance. They have counseled people experiencing symptoms typical of the coronavirus to stay away.

But people who come in proximity to Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence are still tested for the coronavirus.

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