Los Angeles, United States:
Olympic champion and Kardashian clan member Caitlyn Jenner mentioned Friday she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California, in a bid to develop into the primary transgender American to win such a high-profile submit.
“I’m in!” the 71-year-old transgender icon and former decathlete mentioned in an announcement, including she is going to formally launch her marketing campaign — presumably as a Republican — within the coming weeks.
Jenner is probably the most well-known non-politician to run for California governor since Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger clinched a shock victory as a Republican within the closely Democratic state’s 2003 recall election. He served as governor for greater than seven years.
Jenner’s bid is taken into account a longshot by consultants.
But it comes as Gavin Newsom, a suave 53-year-old Democrat from San Francisco, faces a backlash over his dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic, notably his stay-at-home order that hit the state’s companies and households laborious.
California is anticipated to carry its second-ever recall election someday this 12 months, because the state’s anti-Newsom petition seems on monitor to safe the mandatory variety of signatures to set off a recall vote.
“I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor,” Jenner mentioned within the assertion.
She famous how Newsom attended a now-infamous lunch final 12 months with lobbyists at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant throughout a partial lockdown.
“Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown (and) an entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school, participating in activities, or socializing with their friends,” she mentioned.
Jenner mentioned she deliberate to “turn this state around and finally clean up the damage Newsom has done.”
Jenner first discovered fame on the 1976 Montreal Olympics, profitable a gold medal underneath the title Bruce Jenner earlier than her 2015 transition.
She was beforehand married to Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian household whose tv present “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” has been a two-decade hit.
Her transition to Caitlyn Jenner was documented by the present’s cameras and helped introduce her to a brand new era of supporters.
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Jenner, who has described herself in interviews as “economically conservative, socially progressive,” didn’t discuss with the Republican Party within the assertion confirming her candidacy.
Initially supportive of President Donald Trump, she penned an op-ed for the Washington Post in 2018 during which she accused him of utilizing the trans neighborhood as “political pawns.”
“I do not support Trump,” she wrote.
But a number of US media stories mentioned Jenner had met with veteran Republican strategists earlier than submitting her candidacy.
Steven Maviglio, press secretary to Governor Gray Davis throughout his loss to Schwarzenegger in 2003, mentioned it was clear from Jenner’s rapid assaults on Newsom that “right out of the gate, she’s coming across as a conservative Republican.
“She might not say it, but it surely’s fairly clear the place she’s going to be working from,” he told AFP.
Mainstream Republican politicians including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer have already announced they will run for governor, in what is likely to be a fiercely crowded field.
Voters would be asked if Newsom — a Democrat — should go, and who they want to replace him if he does.
The Democratic party has largely backed Newsom, with no indications of a run against him from within the ranks so far.
But California’s low barrier to entry in recall elections means dozens or even hundreds of candidates from outside the political arena could enter, as happened in 2003.
Maviglio said: “Schwarzenegger had a picture of being daring, brash and action-oriented, and that is what voters had been in search of on the time — any person to take management, who had stature.
“I don’t think Caitlyn Jenner has that. She’s sort of Hollywood B-list.”
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