‘Very Powerful’ California Democrats Want Kanye West’s Manager to Run for Governor

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Some "very powerful" Democratic fundraisers and political operatives want Kanye West's manager, Scooter Braun, to run for governor of California in 2018.

The individuals pushing for Braun to run believe the current candidates – including Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D., Calif.) and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – are flawed, according to TMZ.

Braun manages, in addition to West, some of the world's top music artists including  Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Usher.

Braun has delved into the world of politics in recent years. The well known celebrity figure hosted a fundraiser at his home for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. He raised about $1 million for Clinton from that event. The event is also the location where Clinton took her famous selfie with Kim Kardashian and West.

I got my selfie!!! I really loved hearing her speak & hearing her goals for our country! #HillaryForPresident

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Scooter said in an interview with Larry King that he began to support Clinton after he recognized his self-described sexism.

"The honest truth is I realized and I was disappointed with myself, that if Hillary was a man I would have already been supporting her," Braun said. "The moment I realized the sexism in myself, I thought that was ridiculous and I had to come out publicly and be extremely supportive of her because I think that she is qualified, I think that she deserves it, and I think she is the right person for our country."

Braun gave an emotional speech at the One Love Manchester concert, a charity event held in response to the terrorist attacks that took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Newsom announced back in 2015 that he would run to replace current California Gov. Jerry Brown (D., Calif.). The lieutenant governor is considered to be the frontrunner, according to polls and fundraising numbers. Newsom has raised over $16 million while State Treasurer John Chiang (D., Calif.) has raised $6.9 million, and Villaraigosa has raised $5.1 million, according to the Lost Angeles Times.

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Andrew Kugle is the assistant social media editor for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2013. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, he worked as a Staff/Press Assistant for South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Andrew is from De Pere, Wisconsin and lives in D.C. His Twitter handle is @AndrewJKugle. You can reach him at kugle@freebeacon.com.

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