Politics

Younger Trump could enter NY race to replace retiring GOP Rep. Peter King

There is growing speculation that political conditions are right for a younger Trump to enter the political fray as a viable Republican candidate, according to retiring GOP Rep. Peter King of New York.

Those names, he said, are Donald Trump Jr. and the president’s senior campaign adviser, daughter-in-law Lara Trump.



“Among Republican voters, Trump is still a magic name,” King told The New York Times for a Monday article. “I’ve been with Don Jr. several times on Long Island. Was with Lara once at a fundraising event. She handles herself very well. She’s good with people.”

King noted that despite “real solid opposition” to President Trump in his Long Island district and a “tremendous amount of anti-Trump energy,” Lara Trump could still win there, or “at the very least it would be very competitive.”

Lara Trump, who is married to the president’s son, Eric, popped up in a poll last week funded by the conservative ant-tax organization Club for Growth showing her winning a hypothetical GOP primary race for King’s seat by a whopping 30 points.

“Word spread rapidly about the poll,” John Jay LaValle, the former chair of the Suffolk County Republican Party and a Trump surrogate in 2016, told The Times. “I have not heard one person say a negative thing about it.”

David McIntosh, president of Club for Growth, said that Lara Trump was not in any way associated with the survey, but the organization is attempting to lure her to run.



She said that she’s “incredibly honored” by the poll’s results and would “never close the door on anything in the future,” but her focus for now is helping President Trump win reelection.

Trump Jr. has also been mentioned as a possible New York City mayoral candidate, but he’s viewed as a long-shot because of the city’s heavy Democrat voting base and because President Trump is not popular in his own home town.

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