Caitlyn Jenner will run for governor of California

Transgender Icon Caitlyn Jenner To Run For California Governor

Wyatt Ronan of the Human Rights Campaign, a major national LGBTQ-rights organization, said Jenner "is not the leader California needs".

Jenner goes on to talk about the struggles of small business in the state, adding that taxes are "too high, killing jobs, hurting families, and putting an especially heavy burden on our most vulnerable people".

Opponents of Newsom have launched a recall bid, gathering some 2 million signatures - more than the 1.5. million needed to hold a special election. "I am a proven victor and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor".

She noted how Newsom attended a now-infamous lunch a year ago with lobbyists at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant during a partial lockdown.

She focused on what she described as "over-restrictive lockdown" measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, including children kept home from schools. On the latter point, she has remained mostly silent as Republican state legislatures have waged war on transgender people all year, passing odious bills denying them rights and demonizing their existence. "I have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life", Jenner said.

Jenner made headlines in recent years with her ties to Trump, who lost to Joe Biden in the state in November by over 5 million votes.

It's odd that Jenner would turn to Trumper Caroline Wren, who served as a "VIP advisor" to Trump's January 6th rally, because Jenner was vocal in the last couple of years in her disavowal of Trump himself. That the Newsom team gave name recognition to Jenner's campaign so quickly suggests she is squarely on their radar.

In a statement, Newsom campaign spokesman Dan Newman said, "We always knew the. recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump supporters".

"I don't think she's going to use it to further her own objective, but rather bring awareness to what's happening here", Dunsmore said.

Caitlyn Jenner attended the 60th Anniversary party for the Monte-Carlo TV Festival at Sunset Tower Hotel on February 05, 2020 in West Hollywood, California.

"She may not say it, but it's pretty clear where she's going to be running from", he told AFP. The others are: Businessman John Cox, the 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee who lost to Newsom by almost 25 points; former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; and former Rep. Doug Ose have already launched campaigns.

The Democratic party has largely backed Newsom, with no indications of a run against him from within the ranks so far.

The last recall election in 2003 featured 135 qualifying candidates.

Maviglio said: "Schwarzenegger had an image of being bold, brash and action-oriented, and that's what voters were looking for at the time - somebody to take control, who had stature".

Jenner - an Olympic hero, reality TV personality and longtime Republican - announced "I'm in" on Twitter, joining a growing list of candidates seeking to oust Newsom from office.

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