Caitlyn Jenner is formally throwing her identify into the hat: The previous Olympic decathlete is operating for governor of California.
“California has been my house for practically 50 years. I got here right here as a result of I knew that anybody, no matter their background or station in life, may flip their desires into actuality,” reads an announcement from Jenner on her marketing campaign web site, launched on Friday morning. “However for the previous decade, we now have seen the glimmer of the Golden State diminished by one-party rule that locations politics over progress and particular pursuits over folks. Sacramento wants an sincere chief with a transparent imaginative and prescient.”
The 71-year-old is reportedly operating with a workforce of “distinguished GOP operatives together with Tony Fabrizio, the highest pollster on Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, and Steven Cheung, a former Trump White Home and marketing campaign communications hand who labored on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s profitable 2003 recall marketing campaign,” in response to Axios.
In a press launch, Jenner mentioned California’s taxes are “too excessive” and lambasted present Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) “over-restrictive lockdown” response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That is Gavin Newsom’s California, the place he orders us to remain house however goes out to dinner together with his lobbyist mates,” she mentioned.
She additionally emphasised within the launch that as a “compassionate disruptor all through my life” and “a confirmed winner,” she believes she’s “the one outsider who can put an finish” to Newsom’s “disastrous time as governor.”
Jenner didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for additional remark.
Rumors swirled for weeks that the longtime Republican would try a run for governor.
Assuming a recall election occurs later this 12 months, which The Related Press says is “probably,” Jenner can be probably listed as an choice for voters answering two questions: Whether or not Newsom must be faraway from workplace and, if greater than 50% vote in favor of eradicating him, who ought to exchange him.
Politically, Jenner has been a contentious determine over time — from her on-and-off once more assist for former President Donald Trump to her “problematic” relationship with the transgender neighborhood as a trans girl, she’s had no scarcity of headlines.
Final 12 months, Jenner advised Folks that she’s “modified my pondering in a variety of methods” lately. She now identifies as “economically conservative, socially progressive” and believes “we want equality for all, no matter who’s within the White Home.”
“I really like my neighborhood. I really need to assist,” she mentioned on the time. “That is my journey. Sure, it’s completely different than different trans folks. I get it,” she says. “However the backside line is that this: After I get up within the morning, I’m pleased with myself.”
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