Caitlyn Jenner Is Reportedly Considering To Run For California Governor

Caitlyn Jenner Is Reportedly Considering To Run For California Governor

Jenner has been "actively" working with GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren to overthrow Governor Gavin Newsom in an upcoming recall election.

Cover Image Source: TV Personality Caitlyn Jenner attends the Face Forward's 10th Annual "La Dolce Vita" Themed Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on September 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)

Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly planning on making a bid for the governor's seat in California. Jenner, a gold-winning Olympics (1976) athlete, is being advised on how to build her team by former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, revealed Maggie Haberman of the New York Times. According to Axios, the reality television star has been "actively" working with GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren in an effort to overthrown Governor Gavin Newsom in the upcoming recall election. Jenner has previously worked with Wren on the LGBTQ+ nonprofit American Unity Fund, and both are said to have some ties to Donald Trump, reports Vanity Fair.


Wren had a role in Trump Victory, which is a joint fundraising committee created for Trump’s reelection efforts. Wren also helped in planning the rally that preceded the riot at the U.S. Capitol. As for Jenner, she voiced her support for Trump during the 2016 election. But later turned against him and criticized him for his treatment of the transgender community in 2017. While Jenner was critical of Trump, she ultimately chose the Republican party as her viewpoints align with many major issues that the party stands for. Now, she has set her eyes on Newsom's seat amid the backlash he has faced for making wrong decisions in response to COVID-19. April 19 is the deadline to review signatures in the petition for the California governor's recall election. 


Per The Guardian, the recall campaign against Democrat Newsom is being led by Republicans who were against the governor’s decision to shutdowns businesses during the pandemic, as well as his immigration and tax policies. Back in March, the campaign revealed that it had filed signatures to remove Newsom from office. If the officials manage to validate at least 1.5 million signatures until the deadline, the state will conduct a recall election this year. The decision will then be left to voters who will decide if they want to either recall Newsom or replace him. 


The campaign gained popularity during the surge in coronavirus cases as big business donors and some Silicon Valley venture capitalists too showed their support for a recall. Republicans who are currently running against Newsom include conservative activist Mike Cernovich, former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, and John Cox who lost to Newsom in 2018. However, strategists opine that none of the candidates have an easy route to victory as the state leans heavily towards Democrats. But if a Republican celebrity like Jenner is to participate, she could very well possibly change the dynamics of the race, given that this has happened before.


This effect was seen during the 2003 recall of former California governor Gray Davis when actor Arnold Schwarzenegger ran against him. The star helped boost the recall effort and ultimately replaced Davis. Speaking to Los Angeles Times, GOP campaigner Rob Stutzman, a longtime adviser of Schwarzenegger, revealed that he did not think that Jenner stood a chance against Newsom. "Arnold was the most famous person in the world aside from the pope. She’s famous but not that famous," he said, explaining his views. "And Arnold already had some credibility in the public-policy space—he had sponsored a statewide ballot measure, had campaigned for candidates, been involved with the presidential physical fitness council."



But it does appear that Jenner is very serious about her commitment to be a part of the political sphere. Previously, she had opened up about her political ambitions publically in 2017 when she told CNN's Don Lemon that she would "seriously look at" running for office in the future. But a source emphasized that "Caitlyn Jenner is never going to be governor of California," according to Deadline. They further noted that Jenner might "get herself a new show on a streamer out of all this." 

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