Republican kingmakers in New York state are said to be encouraging younger members of the Trump family, President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump specifically, to think about running for an open U.S. House seat in that state.
The New York Times reports that the Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax group based in Washington, commissioned a poll about potential winners in a run for the seat now held by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Long Island, who announced this month that he was retiring and would not run for re-election next year.
The poll showed Lara Trump, who is married to the president’s son, Eric, and works on the president’s re-election campaign, winning a hypothetical Republican primary by more than 30 points. The only other name on the poll was former Long Island Congressman Rick Lazio, who has said he is seriously considering running for the seat.
The president of the Club for Growth, David McIntosh, told the Times that Lara Trump had nothing to do with the poll but that they threw her name into the mix in encourage her to get into the race. Lara Trump, who hails from North Carolina and now lives in Manhattan, said she was flattered by the poll but is not interested in running.
“While I would never close the door on anything in the future, right now I am focused on winning a second term for President Trump,” she said in a statement.
Donald Trump Jr., who has been actively raising money for Republican supporters of the president on Long Island lately, is also mentioned as a potential shoe-in for the seat. Trump Jr. declined to comment for the Times article, but told CBS earlier this month, “I don’t ever rule anything out.”
“Nobody, other than the president himself, brings more star power, excitement and energy than members of the Trump family,” Nick Langworthy, the New York state Republican Party chairman said in a statement. “It’s a special phenomenon that no other president has enjoyed, outside of maybe the Kennedys.”