Los Angeles (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner is an Olympic hero, reality TV personality, and transgender rights activist. Her next step could be a candidate for Governor of California.
A long-time 71-year-old Republican is considering joining the field of candidates who want to replace Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in a possible recall later this year, so he and GOP adviser. I have been discussing. Jenner discussed the possibility of doing so with Dave Rexlord, the secretary-general of the Republican Governor’s Association, a spokesman for the organization said.
Celebrity activists who described themselves as “economically conservative and socially progressive” in an interview with People magazine last year will soon stand out in areas where they have previously been unable to attract nationally renowned candidates. .. Her potential practice comes almost 20 years after the promotion of another Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who used his Hollywood fame as a stepping stone to the state’s best office in the 2003 recall. Probably.
Still, her first-time candidate, Jenner, could do something about the serious problems facing the most populous states in the United States, from how to manage the coronavirus pandemic to delaying the homeless crisis. It spotlights many unknowns about its position.
As expected, voters will be asked two questions if the recall is eligible for voting. The first is whether Newsom should be dismissed. The second is a list of alternative candidates that more than 50% of voters choose if they support Newsom’s dismissal.
This effort is heavily supported by Newsum’s criticism of the pandemic response. Republicans include former San Diego mayor Kevin Fallconner, former US lawmaker Doug Ose, and businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 governor’s election.
Jenner evaluates important questions as potential candidates. Is she ready for the rigors of state-wide campaigns, the pressure to raise tens of millions of dollars, and ultimately whether she can win? Those who had conversations with people familiar with her plans, or those who advised her, but were not allowed to speak publicly, said.
The team around her includes Brad Parscale, the campaign manager for former President Donald Trump. Presidential politics, longtime Republican strategist Ryan Irwin, California veteran and general consultant for election campaigns. Caroline Len, a Republican fundraiser.
Hermeet Dillon, a member of the Republican National Committee of California, declined to comment on Politico’s report that she said she would serve as legal counsel for the campaign.
“In my understanding, she is in the research stage, assessing opportunities and trying to figure out the path to victory,” said Jim Brulute, a former Republican chairman of the California. He is not talking directly to Jenner.
Jenner has recently become a hot topic in her context with Trump, who is not widely popular in California outside the Republican base. Trump lost his Democratic state to Joe Biden in November with more than 5 million votes.
Jenner supported Trump in 2016, but later criticized his administration for overturning directives on transgender access to public school toilets. She also criticized Trump after he said he was not allowed to serve transgender people in the US military.
It is difficult to predict what her coalition of supporters will look like as an untested candidate in a potentially crowded area. For example, Republican social conservatives may hesitate to line up with transgender candidates.
As Mayor of San Francisco, Newsome, who ignored the law in 2004 and issued a marriage license to same-sex couples, has close ties to the LGBTQ community.
It’s also unclear what role Trump could play in elections and how the Republican donor community, which is essential to funding the campaign, will react. Jenner may also face questions about a fatal accident in which he collided with two cars in 2015. A 69-year-old woman was killed when a car was pushed into the approaching Hummer’s path.
In a typical election, Republican Jenner will face a long chance in a Democratic-controlled state. However, as dozens of candidates are expected to vote in potential elections, the voting is split among many candidates, so the threshold for winning is much higher. Will be low.
Jenner’s celebrity status is in favor when it can be a chaotic two-month campaign. She is widely known for programs such as “Kardashian Family Fuss” and the spin-off “I Am Cait.”
Shawn Steel, a member of the Republican National Committee of California, said the winner could be the leader with only 20% of the votes cast, as there are multiple candidates.
Jenner “shouldn’t be discounted at all,” said Steele, who hadn’t talked to her about the race. When she entered the contest, “Caitlin adds a whole new level of excitement.”
In California, it’s not uncommon for residents to ask for recalls, but they rarely participate in voting, and even fewer people succeed. Recent state-wide polls suggest that Newsome will retain his office.
County Election Authority is reviewing the signature submitted by the recall organizer to determine if it is eligible. Voting will probably take place in the fall.
Axios first reported Jenner’s interest in running, and Politico first reported a conversation with the Republican Governor’s Association and the hiring of some prominent Republican consultants on Thursday.
I was not able to contact Jenner’s representative immediately.