Caitlyn Jenner files initial paperwork in bid for Calif. governor

The Republican transgender reality star hopes to replace Gavin Newsom who may be recalled by voters.
 By Neal Broverman April 23 2021 11:58 AM EDT

The Republican transgender reality star hopes to replace Gavin Newsom who may be recalled by voters. By Neal Broverman April 23 2021 11:58 AM EDT

Caitlyn Jenner's decision Friday to enter the race for California governor injects a jolt of celebrity into a campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom while raising questions about whether a political newcomer can lead the nation's most populous state as it recovers from the pandemic. The group said on Twitter Friday afternoon that supporting Jenner was a "hard pass".

California's secretary of state is in the process of verifying the signatures necessary to force Newsom into a recall election.

Other Republicans in the recall race include San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox and former U.S. Representative Doug Ose.

Jenner is the most famous non-politician to run for California governor since Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger clinched a shock victory as a Republican in the heavily Democratic state's 2003 recall election. But it's not clear what her actual policies are besides the rote Republican "lower taxes" thing, and she has zero experience in local or state or federal government.

"We're going to need help keeping up with Caitlyn's personal wealth and ability to raise money from right-wing donors now that she has Trump's team with her", the email continued. "After Trump banned transgender troops from serving in the military, attacked transgender students and even tried to allow homeless shelters to turn away trans women, Caitlyn Jenner STILL hired his former inner circle to run her campaign".

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Davis declined to delete the tweet, telling the Associated Press that he wouldn't because the statement was already out there . Davis told the Review-Journal that, while he doesn't use Twitter , he passed the words to the team's social media personnel.

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".

Along with her announcement, Jenner launched a website. The others are: Businessman John Cox, the 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee who lost to Newsom by almost 25 points; former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; and former Rep. Doug Ose have already launched campaigns.

Jenner described herself as a "compassionate disrupter". The second would be a list of replacement candidates to choose from, if more than 50% of voters support removing Newsom from office. "Gavin Newsom's California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends".

However, recent polling has suggested Newsom would hold his seat, and the sour public mood could shift as coronavirus restrictions recede.

Jenner made headlines in recent years with her ties to Trump, who lost to Joe Biden in the state by over 5 million votes. She also split with Trump after he said transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the USA military. "Can you rush a $3 contribution to Gavin Newsom's campaign to stop the right-wing Republican recall". Jenner is a long-time Republican, and her campaign team is reportedly heaving with former Trump campaign advisers, according to Axios.

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