Caitlyn Jenner Announces Run for California Governor

It’s official — Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor of California.

Friday on Instagram, the “I Am Cait” star announced through a press release that she has filed paperwork to run against current California Gov. Gavin Newsom in an expected recall election.

“I’m in! California is worth fighting for,” the longtime Republican wrote on her page.

In the press release, the transgender reality star said, "California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality."

"But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision."

In her announcement, Jenner takes a shot at Newsom’s “disastrous time as governor,” referencing a November 2020 snafu when he was photographed attending a Napa County birthday party amid the coronavirus lockdown.

“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 wrote, criticizing how Newsom has dealt with the pandemic.

Per Axios, who reported earlier this month that Jenner was considering a gubernatorial run, Jenner has assembled a team including Trump's top campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio and former White House communications adviser Steven Cheung.

An advisor told the outlet that Jenner "is very socially liberal” and will run “as someone that's socially liberal and fiscally conservative."

The individual also said Jenner has greater name recognition than Newsom and can garner press that "will go to every possible demographic you could think of."

Though Jenner is reportedly working with aides associated with the Trump presidency, Axios says she is not branding herself as a Trump Republican.

"Certainly, she has not seen eye to eye with [Trump] on a lot of things," the advisor said. "I think that Caitlyn will talk to anyone, Democrat or Republican. Donald Trump is not going to be the deciding factor for the state of California."

Jenner initially supported Trump during his first campaign — though records indicate she did not vote in the 2016 election — but she later criticized him after he withdrew federal guidelines that allowed transgender youths to use the bathroom that matched their gender identity.

In response to Jenner’s announcement, Newsom’s campaign spokesman Dan Newman said in a statement obtained by CNN, "We always knew the Republican recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump supporters, which only reinforces how much Californians appreciate Governor Newsom's competent, compassionate, experienced leadership during an unprecedented series of crises."

Per CNN, those favoring the recall say they have collected 2.1 million signatures — more than the nearly 1.5 million needed to get the recall on the ballot.

County officials in California have until April 29 to finish verifying the signatures and then report the results to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, who took over when Newsom appointed former Sen. Alex Padilla to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by VP Kamala Harris.


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