Caitlyn Jenner announces her candidacy for governor of California.
Caitlyn Jenner announced Friday that she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California, joining the ranks of celebrities-turned-politicians.
In announcing her bid for governor of the Golden State, the Olympic gold medalist and reality television star tweeted: "I'm in!" California is deserving of defense.”
Jenner, a lifelong Republican, has often spoken out on politics and occasionally criticized former President Donald Trump, despite the fact that she said she voted for him in 2016.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, is set to face a recall election in the fall as a result of Republican money pouring in to unseat the embattled blue-state chief.
Earlier in the pandemic, Newsom faced backlash — and apologised — after photographs emerged of him dining indoors at a posh French restaurant, seemingly in defiance of his own COVID-19 advice. Since 2019, he has served as governor.
Jenner described his tenure as "disastrous" in a speech, lamenting high taxes, excessively strict pandemic health regulations, and a hypocritical executive who "directs us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist mates."
Jenner, 71, said in the statement, "California has been my home for nearly 50 years." “I came here because I believed that everyone, regardless of their history or station in life, is capable of realizing their dreams.”
She asserted that Democratic leadership has driven California off a cliff, adding in a statement that “we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State dimmed by one-party rule that prioritizes politics over progress.”
According to Axios, Jenner has assembled a squad of Republican operatives that includes Tony Fabrizio, Trump's top pollster in 2016 and 2020. According to a campaign adviser, Jenner, who is transgender, intends to run as a social democrat and fiscal conservative.
In 2018, she penned an op-ed in which she criticized Trump's policy prohibiting transgender troops from serving in the military. “I am incapable of supporting someone who is opposed to our community,” she wrote in The Washington Post. “I am not a Trump supporter.”
Although Newsom's approval rating has declined, it remained above 50% in a March poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan polling organization.
Jenner, who is best known for her appearances on the long-running television show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," faces a difficult task in chipping away at his support — and she will look to emulate Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as California's governor from 2003 to 2011.
As she began her campaign, she emphasized her outsider viewpoint.
“For far too long, career politicians have made extravagant promises and failed to deliver,” she said in her speech. “We need a leader with a vision and the fortitude to carry it out. This will be a solution-oriented effort, outlining a path to prosperity.”