There’s a special place in my heart for fellow brunettes on Fox News – Jedediah Bila, Kennedy, Joanne Nosuchinsky, this week’s interviewee, Kimberly Guilfoyle, among others. Now that I think about it, the brunettes may be outnumbering the blondes. (I’m happy to count Greg Gutfeld as one of ours.)
Guilfoyle is a co-host of the popular Fox News shows, Outnumbered and The Five and a frequent legal analyst on The O’Reilly Factor andHannity. She is also the author of the new book, Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate. In a recent article I wrote on authors’ recommendations for summer reading, bestselling author Brad Thor said Making the Case was on the top of his list.
Drawing on her experiences being raise by a single parent, her successful career as a prosecutor and her expertise on legal matters and communications, Guilfoyle gives readers much-needed advice on topics like getting hired, nailing a promotion, navigating a mid-life career change, caring for aging parents, and, my personal favorite, relationships and religion.
It’s always a joy to see Guilfoyle put a liberal in his place or pick apart a lazy argument. Making the Case not only gives you her best tips, but also shares some heartwarming stories on how she got to be the successful and strong woman she is today.
The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.
1. What's your favorite movie line and who would you like to say it to?
One of my favorite movie lines is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: “What are we holding onto Sam?” “That there’s something good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” I would say this to anyone who is discouraged and has lost faith. It is important to remain vigilant in the fight against evil and terror in the world… especially in today’s time.
2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.
My favorite teacher was Ms. Parker, my elementary school teacher. I used to love to get up and go to school every day and be with Ms. Parker…absolutely loved being in her class! She made me always want to be a dedicated student, and I’ve carried that with me today through the classroom of life.
3. If you could be paid to do anything besides your current job, what would it be?
My favorite job, besides being a prosecutor and a journalist, was by far working as a special needs teacher for children with learning differences. This was my mother’s profession, and one of the most rewarding and noble jobs anyone could have.
4. What canceled TV show would you put back on the air?
FOR SURE The Love Boat—that was my favorite show! I used to beg my dad to watch it at night. I’m a hopeless romantic, I believe in great love – I keep on trying!
5. What's your current “guilty pleasure” TV show?
I like Scandal on ABC. I love the intrigue of the White House and politics. Olivia Pope character is my favorite—we all have a little bit of the gladiator inside us!
6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?
Nuggets of wisdom from my father: live a life with no regrets, and make every day count—no matter what!
7. What’s the best present you ever gave?
My loyalty to my family and dear friends; the greatest thing we have in life are the people we love and the relationships we have with them. People who know me say “best friend, worst enemy!”
8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?
My parents always taught me the value and importance of giving back. Community service and public service were stressed with the upmost importance in my family. My parents taught me to not make this life about me, but to make it about other people!
9. Describe your perfect vacation.
Traveling to Costa Rica and helping people build their own homes—helping families in need. A friend of mine just did this and I was so jealous hearing about her transformative experience.
10. What books are on your summer reading list?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; Franklin and Winston: A Portrait of a Friendship by Jon Meacham; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
11. What would you like tomorrow's headline to say?
“Pope Francis persuades ISIS to lay down arms and ask for God's forgiveness”
12. Tell me about a moment you decided to enter the political arena.
I grew up with a great love for politics from my Father, and my first opportunity to work actively on a campaign was on the race for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. I went on to be active in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors race, as well as the San Francisco Mayor’s Office…which ultimately led to me becoming First Lady of San Francisco!