After testing the waters, Caitlyn Jenner has announced plans today to run for governor of California.
“I’m in! California is worth fighting for.”
Jenner’s put together a team of prominent Repubilcan operatives to advise the campaign, including 2016 and 2020 Trump presidential campiagn pollster Tony Fabrizio and Steven Cheung, a Trump White House and re-election campaign aide who worked Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s successful 2003 gubernatorial recall election victory in California.
Along with her announcement, Jenner launched a website. In a statement she took aim at the Democrats…
“California has been my home for nearly 50 years. 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, 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.”
She says she’s
“a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom‘s disastrous time as governor.”
Fifty-six percent of Golden State adults questioned in a Public Policy Institute of California survey released late last month said if the recall election were held right now, they’d vote to keep Newsom in office.
The recall push was launched last June over charges the governor mishandled the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The effort was fueled by the state’s COVID restrictions on businesses and houses of worship, school shutdowns and even opposition to the state’s high taxes.
According to FoxNews,
Recall organizers touted that they collected more than 2 million voter signatures– far more than the 1.5 million valid signatures needed to get a recall election on the ballot later this year. The petition signatures were turned over last month to the registrars in California’s 58 counties. Those counties now have until April 29 to verify the signatures. The election would likely be held sometime in November.
If the Newsom recall qualifies for the ballot, as expected, voters would be asked two questions – first, whether the governor should be removed from office. If more than 50% support removing Newsom, the second question would be a list of replacement candidates running to replace the governor.
Jenner becomes the third Republican to announce their candidacy.
Businessman John Cox, the 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee who lost to Newsom by nearly 25 points, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and former Rep. Doug Ose have already launched campaigns.
Paul Rudnick tweeted about the news,,,