Caitlyn Jenner has done a lot of things in her life. Olympian, reality television star, and transgender rights activist among other things. And now, there’s a chance she could add the role of politician to the resume. That’s right, The New York Times is reporting that Jenner made a major announcement on Friday that she would challenge Gavin Newsom in the California Governor’s race when the latter faces an impending recall vote. Jenner adding a major political seat to her resume would be a huge shift and usher in a new stage of California politics.
This news of Caitlyn Jenner running for Governor of California is major news in the state and could begin to reshape the landscape of the politics in the area. The announcement, as it were, came through Jenner formally filing the necessary paperwork to make the run official. There was expected to be a formal campaign announcement at some point on Friday with further plans likely to be made public in the coming days.
Filing paperwork wasn’t the only thing Caitlyn Jenner did to begin this bid for Governor of California. She has also assembled a political team to help her with the campaign and this clearly isn’t a publicity grab for the celebrity. This appears part of a coordinated and professional approach to the campaign. Among bigger names she’s brought in to work on the run for governor include Tony Fabrizio, a former Trump campaign advisor. He’s joining Steven Cheung who worked with President Trump in the White House but was also an advisor for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Gub-ernator recall win in 2003.
Though it appears that Caitlyn Jenner has assembled a number of folks who worked with Trump, including former manager Brad Parscale, she won’t be running on a pro-Trump platform. In fact, it appears Jenner will look to distance herself from a policy and message standpoint from that campaign. Doing that might be difficult considering her Republican status and team, but these are politics and anything is possible.
The issue at hand, leading to a Caitlyn Jenner run is that current governor Gavin Newsom has come under significant heat over the last year or so. California has been among the most restrictive during the pandemic. There have been multiple perceived missteps including him being *caught* indoor eating with his family and others during the height of lockdown in the state. But according to the recall petition that has apparently reached well over the required votes to trigger the vote, it’s also about exorbitant tax rates and overall quality of life in the state.
With political tensions at seemingly all-time highs, Caitlyn Jenner isn’t the only celebrity to think about throwing her hat into the proverbial ring, though she’s the only one to do it officially recently. Matthew McConaughey has been rumored to be eyeing the Governor of Texas role and there are some signs he could make that race competitive. Dwayne Johnson has also not squashed the idea of one day running for President. So this kind of thing could be happening more and more. With a recall election coming in California as early as this fall, the politics in that state are really about to heat up.