Parscale, who has known Jenner for a few years, agreed to help as a “friend” and is not a paid adviser according to the source. He helps her find people for important campaign roles if she goes ahead with it.
The New York Times first reported news of Parscale advising Jenner, an American television personality and retired Olympian.
Gavin Newsom, the California government, is currently facing a growing recall effort that began last year, driven by anger over the restrictions he had put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus in California. The recall campaign gained momentum as prominent state Republicans threw their weight behind both the organizing and fundraising efforts.
Axios reported Tuesday that Jenner spoke with political consultants in considering running for governor’s seat, citing three sources with direct knowledge of her considerations.
Nearly six years ago, the famous American Olympian spoke publicly for the first time about being a transgender woman in an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, in which she also discussed being a Republican. Jenner voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election and told E! in a 2016 interview that Trump “would be very good for women’s issues.”
However, Jenner began criticizing the former president after his administration announced policies that rolled back some protections for the transgender community. In 2018, about a year after Jenner visited the White House to meet with administration officials, the White House announced a ban on most transgender people serving in the military, following Trump’s tweet on the subject.
“He has not done a very good job, but it is not over yet,” Jenner told Variety in an interview at the time. But later that year, Jenner said she had made a “mistake” in believing she could work with Trump for the benefit of the LGBTQ community and was no longer a supporter.
Parscale was hailed by Trump and his allies as a digital guru who helped secure Trump’s first election campaign. He worked for the Trump family years before Trump launched a presidential bid, and he rose to a role leading the campaign’s data analysis team in June 2016. Until he worked on the Trump campaign beginning in 2015, the digital media expert had never worked in politics.
After Trump won the presidency in 2016, Parscale worked with America First Policies, a pro-Trump political organization, and became campaign manager in February 2018.
Parscale was demoted last summer after a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and resigned from his role as senior adviser to the campaign in September, two sources close to the campaign confirmed to CNN at the time. Three days earlier, he had been detained by police and hospitalized due to suicide threats he had made at home while holding a gun.
CNN’s Maegan Vazquez, Veronica Stracqualursi, Kara Fox, Kaitlan Collins, Hollie Silverman, Jeremy Diamond and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.