Caitlyn Jenner adds celebrity, questions to California governor race

Caitlyn Jenner speaks at a march in Los Angeles

"Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision".

She does warn us, in the release, that she'll be traveling around the state in the coming weeks - mentioning the "North Bay" specifically - to listen to the voices of Californians and "finally get this state moving in the right direction".

Jenner - an Olympic hero, reality TV personality and longtime Republican - announced "I'm in" on Twitter, joining a growing list of candidates seeking to oust Newsom from office. "This is Gavin Newsom's California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends", Jenner said in a statement, referring to Newsom's pandemic visit to the posh eatery French Laundry.

"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".

Jenner eventually admitted her support for Trump was a mistake. Several other Republicans have also announced plans to run. On the latter point, she has remained mostly silent as Republican state legislatures have waged war on transgender people all year, passing odious bills denying them rights and demonizing their existence.

Mainstream Republican politicians including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer have already announced they will run for governor, in what is likely to be a fiercely crowded field.

Jenner, as she was mulling a run last week, accused mainstream media outlets of not wanting "a #lgbt fiscal conservative and socially liberal candidate running".

"Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown (and) an entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school, participating in activities, or socializing with their friends", she said. But Caitlyn Jenner spent years telling the LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump.

Her run would come almost two decades after the ascendancy of Arnold Schwarzenegger, another Republican who used his Hollywood fame as a springboard to the state's highest office in a 2003 recall election.

Jenner supported Trump in 2016 but later criticized his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.

Initially supportive of President Donald Trump, she penned an op-ed for the Washington Post in 2018 in which she accused him of using the trans community as "political pawns".

"I don't think she's going to use it to further her own goal, but rather bring awareness to what's happening here", Dunsmore said. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, Jenner's nascent campaign team is filled with "Trump loyalists", including an individual raising money for her who was involved in the rally that preceded and incited the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Jenner also could face questions about a 2015 fatal crash in which she rear-ended two cars.