Caitlyn Jenner has announced that she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California against the incumbent governor, Gavin Newsom (D), in a likely recall election later this year.
In a statement shared earlier today on Twitter, Jenner said that she is running for office because “Californians want better and deserve better from their governor.” She identified herself as a “compassionate disrupter” and “a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.” She said that her campaign would be “[one] of solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity.”
The statement was accompanied by the message, “I’m in! California is worth fighting for.”
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) April 23, 2021
Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist and star of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “I Am Cait,” became one of the most visible trans women in the country when she came out in 2015. She is a life-long Republican who has been criticized for supporting conservative candidates with anti-LGBTQ+ agendas, including Donald Trump, whom she supported in the 2016 presidential elections. She has since spoken out about the former president’s anti-trans gender policies.
Jenner has assembled a campaign team that includes Brad Parscale, former campaign manager to Donald Trump, GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren, and Republican strategist Ryan Erwin.