Caitlyn Jenner, Olympic gold medalist, reality TV phenomenon, and now potentially the governor of California? That’s right! On Friday, Jenner threw her hat in the ring to take current Gov. Gavin Newsom’s hotly contested seat.
Newsom is facing a recall election as his adversaries have compiled over 2.1 million signatures in an attempt to remove him from office. The governor had already been criticized for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic before he was spotted violating his own protocols in November by attending a maskless indoor dinner party with lobbyists.
The new Republican candidate Jenner went as far as to call the current governor’s time in office “disastrous” in a statement she released declaring her run on Friday.
A statement that ends with “This isn’t the California we know. This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends.”
Jenner is running “as someone that’s socially liberal and fiscally conservative,” an advisor told Axios Friday. They also said that the conservative candidate doesn’t want to be categorized as a “Trump Republican,” although not everyone is convinced.
Jenner was an adamant supporter of the former President while he was launching his campaign, even attending the Republican National Convention in 2016 supporting Trump.
Although she would later criticize the president in 2018 for his policies attacking transgender Americans and publicly rolled back on her support for the former president, she now has the support of two of Trump’s former campaign officials Brad Parscale and Tony Fabrizio.
As of now, the current governor is still fighting the recall election efforts with a “Stop the Republican Recall Campaign,” as a recent poll shows that only about 40% of Californians support a recall. However, a recall still looks probable, and Jenner will most likely get a chance to run for office.
In California, it only takes 1.5 million authentic signatures to trigger a recall election. A number the governor’s opposition has just recently reached.
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