If Jenner wins, she would become the first trans woman to serve as a governor of any state in American history. She later criticized his administration for some discriminatory actions against transgender people, but has failed to convince many trans-rights advocates that she is a major asset to their cause.
"I'm in!" the 71-year-old transgender icon and former decathlete said in a statement, adding she will formally launch her campaign - presumably as a Republican - in the coming weeks. "I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality", Jenner said.
"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". "As we move to swiftly decarbonize our transportation sector and create a healthier future for our children, I've made it clear I don't see a role for fracking in that future and, similarly, believe that California needs to move beyond oil". Her ties to Trump are also a concern as the former president remains broadly unpopular in California outside his GOP base, as well as his former political operatives. There were unconfirmed reports from earlier this month that Jenner was considering a California governor run, but it wasn't until now that the news has been officially confirmed and announced.
Caitlyn Jenner Running for Calif. Governor With Help From Trumpers
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. Governor Gray Davis was ousted, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, by far the most recognizable name, trounced the competition. But Caitlyn Jenner spent years telling the LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump.
Caitlyn Jenner attends the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Sponsored By IMDb, Neuro Drinks And Walmart on 9 February 2020 in West Hollywood, California. When he ran for Senate in 2008, for instance, comedian Al Franken steered clear of entertainment and national media and focused on local outlets. The second would be a list of replacement candidates to choose from, if more than 50% of voters support removing Newsom from office.
But a fundraising appeal from his campaign sent after Jenner's announcement warned that "we're going to need help keeping up with Caitlyn's personal wealth and ability to raise money from right-wing donors, now that she has Trump's team with her".More news: No sign of Indonesian sub as air dwindles, search resumes
"As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it's too late".
In her announcement of intention, Jenner zeroed in on Newsom's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including mask mandates and the opening of schools. She also cited high taxes, "putting an especially heavy burden on our most vulnerable people".
"The significance of this decision is not lost on me". "The sacrifice is significant, but responsibility is great, and I can't wait to lead, to help and most importantly to disrupt the status quo once again".More news: National advisory committee recommends AstraZeneca vaccine for people 30 and older
"Our campaign will be powered by everyday Californians who deserve leadership that is accountable to them, not the special interests in Sacramento", the gold medal winning Olympian said on Twitter after announcing her campaign.More news: Premier Ford promising paid sick leave