Reality television star Caitlyn Jenner announced Friday she is running for governor of California as a Republican challenger to Democratic Gov Gavin Newsom.
In a statement posted to social media, Jenner said her objective is “to get California moving in the right direction” after years of “one-party rule.”
“California has been my home for nearly 50 years,” Jenner, who transitioned from a biological male known as Bruce Jenner, an Olympic Decathalon Gold Medal winner, said in a statement. “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,” the statement continued, “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,” Jenner continued. “As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it’s too late.”
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) April 23, 2021
Jenner emphasized the disastrous effects of draconian lockdowns under ‘Gavin Newsom’s California’ and vowed to make a more balanced, bipartisan change.
The Olympic champ’s campaign team plans to file the appropriate paperwork with the California Secretary of State’s office and start raising funds for Newsom’s recall.
The state has a unique system of recall in that it establishes a two-step process for voters after an election is scheduled, which is expected for later this year. First, voters will decide whether they even want to recall Newsom. But next, regardless of how they vote, they will then be asked to select from a roster of candidates who have met the qualifications to run for the office, The Hill reports.
“The ballot is likely to be one of the most crowded in American history,” The Hill added. “Eighteen years ago, 135 candidates qualified to run in the recall of Gov. Gray Davis (D), including media magnate Arianna Huffington, actor Gary Coleman, a porn star, porn magnate Larry Flynt — and the eventual winner, Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
Reaction to Jenner’s announcement online was swift — and decidedly mixed.
no thanks pic.twitter.com/ggExoMnwdH
— Luka Donthicć (@Danye33) April 23, 2021
Seriously! You’re not qualified! The last reality show star we had in office destroyed this country! Do something productive.
Be a voice for trans lives! That’s where you’re needed. Don’t waste your time and money! Use you voice in support of the LGBTQ .
— Michelle (@namastemichelle) April 23, 2021
Caitlyn could win ! California needs a Republican Governor. I would urge all Californians to support her
— David M. Falvo🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@Falvo4BOE) April 23, 2021
If you want to be a Public Servant, try running for city council, school board, or mayor or something first.
Celebrities who think they can just step in and be governor make me want to puke. 🤢
— No One You Know (@Nobody_special1) April 23, 2021
You supported Trump in ‘16 yet you’re running in one of the most liberal states in the country?
Best of luck. 😂👍🏻
— Sam James Peck (@SamjPeck) April 23, 2021
So many transphobic liberals hating on Caitlyn. Sad!
— Kelly Lowhorn (@kelduck) April 23, 2021
In America anyone should be able to run for office. Whether we agree or not. It’s your right. So Good luck. Wish you the best
— Kevin Clark (@KevinCofAugust) April 23, 2021
“Californians want and deserve better from their governor,” Jenner’s statement continued. “For too long, career politicians have over-promised and under-delivered. We need a leader with a vision and resolve to see it through.”
She went on to criticize the state’s COVID-19 lockdowns for their negative impact on businesses and schoolchildren, as well as the state’s elevated tax burden.
“This isn’t the California we know,” she added.
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