Republican Caitlyn Jenner said she will run for governor of California. AP Photo
LOS ANGELES: Republican Caitlyn jenner he said Friday he will run for governor of California, injecting a jolt of stardom into an emerging campaign that threatens to oust Democratic government. Gavin Newsom from the office.
Jenner – an Olympic hero, reality TV personality, and transgender rights activist – said in a statement posted on Twitter and an accompanying website that he submitted initial documents to run for the post.
Newsom, a first-term Democrat, faces probable election recall this year, although election officials are still reviewing the petition signatures required to qualify the recall for a vote. Many other Republicans have also announced plans for execution.
In a statement, Jenner called herself “a proven winner” and the only candidate “who can end Gavin Newsom’s disastrous period as governor.”
“I’m in it,” he wrote on his website. “Over the past decade, we’ve seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by the one-party government that places politics on progress and special interests on people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”
The 71-year-old celebrity activist immediately stands out in a growing field that has so far failed to attract a nationally known competitor. However, Jenner has not been tested as a candidate and little is known about her positions on the critical issues facing the state, from the coronavirus pandemic to running the economy.
She described herself as “economically conservative, socially progressive” in a People interview with the magazine last year.
His run would come nearly two decades after the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger, another Republican who used his Hollywood fame as a stepping stone to California’s highest office in a 2003 booster election.
If the recall qualifies for the ballot, as expected, voters will be asked two questions: First, whether Newsom should be removed from office. The second would be a list of replacement candidates to choose from, if over 50% of the voters support Newsom’s removal from office.
The effort was largely fueled by criticism of Newsom’s handling of the pandemic, which closed schools and closed thousands of businesses.
Other Republicans who have announced their intention to run include former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, the former US representative. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 governor’s race.
If the recall qualifies, Newsom would be forced to fend off rivals in the midst of a pandemic that has cost the state millions of jobs, reduced government budgets and disrupted the lives of nearly 40 million residents.
He was also struck by the aftermath of a multi-billion dollar fraud scandal at the state unemployment agency as he resisted public shame for dining out with friends and lobbyists at an upscale San Francisco Bay Area restaurant last fall, as he said residents to stay home for safety. .
However, recent polls have suggested that Newsom would retain its seat, and the sour mood of public opinion could change as more schools and businesses reopen. California is also likely to receive billions of dollars in federal recovery funds, which Newsom will disburse and could use to its political advantage.
Jenner has made headlines in recent years with his ties to the former president Donald Trump, which remains largely unpopular in California outside of its GOP base. trump lost the strongly democratic state a Joe biden in November with over 5 million votes.
Jenner backed Trump in 2016, but later criticized his administration’s reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school restrooms. He also criticized Trump after saying transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the US military.