Celebrities Karlie Kloss, Andy Cohen, and Derek Blasberg will host an exclusive Flip Missouri Blue virtual event at 3 p.m. on Monday in support of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway’s campaign for governor. Galloway, a Democrat who is running against Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, will join the three—who all have St. Louis roots—for a discussion. Participants, who must donate any amount to join, will be able to submit questions upon signup.
Kloss, a model who is also married to Jared Kushner’s brother, Joshua Kushner, spearheaded the event for Galloway. Kloss enlisted the help of her STL-born-and-raised famous friends. Cohen is the host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, and Blasberg is the head of fashion and beauty at YouTube and a senior staffer at Gagosian.
“Karlie called me and filled me in on what was happening with the race, told me about Nicole, and asked me to participate,” Cohen says. “[Galloway] has done a great job as state auditor, and her platform for turning Missouri around is great.” Cohen criticized Parson’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding, “I certainly wouldn’t feel safe living in Missouri with him in charge of COVID response.”
Parson is campaigning on his record of public service, experience as governor, and focus on workforce development and infrastructure. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the state’s unemployment numbers saw a 20-year low. Last week, he released his administration’s plan for distributing the impending COVID-19 vaccine. However, the plan came one day before Missouri and Illinois reported record numbers of the virus. While the governor, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and recovered, has encouraged mask-wearing, hand-washing, and social distancing, there is no statewide mask mandate in Missouri.
Galloway’s platform includes lowering the cost of and expanding health care to Missourians and implementing a statewide mask mandate amid COVID-19. She has called for a “complete reset” when it comes to the state’s approach to preventing the spread of COVID-19. Critics have pointed to her lack of political experience.
A recent Saint Louis University and YouGov poll showed Parson was leading Galloway by six points.
Blasberg and Kloss wrote emails to friends and family in Missouri, inviting them to join the virtual event. In the email, they reminded recipients that Galloway, currently state auditor, is the only Democrat and the only woman holding a statewide office in all of Missouri. They noted that she has uncovered millions of dollars in government waste, fraud, and abuse. (In February, SLM profiled Galloway.)
“Not to mention, she would be the FIRST female Governor of this fried-ravioli loving state,” Kloss wrote.
“I love Missouri, and I credit growing up in the Show Me State for all of the success I’ve had since I moved to New York,” said Blasberg. “That said, we’re in a precarious moment in history, and I want to ensure that young people in Missouri are as prepared as can be for the future.”
“This year will go down in the history books for all the reasons we can think of, including the election, but also our COVID-19 response and the way that we address systemic racism,” Blasberg said. “And I’d like to think we’re all doing everything we can to make sure when we look back, we’re on the right side of history.”
Will we see the trio working together on other future initiatives? “Let’s get Nicole elected first, then we’ll see,” Cohen said. “We love Missouri and will do anything to help.”