Former Olympian, Kardashian cast member, and longtime Republican Caitlyn Jenner last night announced her Caitlyn for California campaign. The reality television performer will vie for the role of Governor of California.
Jenner formerly supported Donald Trump for president, before finally realising what most LGBTIQ+ people already knew. Trump was no friend to our communities. Despite that, Jenner now judges herself sufficiently astute to govern the USA’s most populous state.
Jenner also described herself in 2015 as a ‘traditionalist’, initially opposed to same-sex marriage, but now ‘okay’ with it. She since claimed to be 100% supportive of marriage equality.
Gavin Newsom, the current Governor, faces a recall effort that will see an election held later this year. Californian law allows for a recall if voters equivalent to 12% of the turnout in the previous election support it. In this case, that means 1.5 million votes. With 2.1 million votes for Newsom’s recall awaiting verification, an election seems inevitable.
Jenner announced her intention to run in the recall election on Twitter.
“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.”
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) April 23, 2021
Caitlyn for California campaign
Although Jenner eventually backtracked on her support for Trump, former Trump alumni feature prominently in the Caitlyn for California campaign. Trump campaign manager Brad Pascale and fundraiser Caroline Wren are both now working with Jenner.
Jenner lauds herself for advancing LGBTIQ equality through her fame but advocacy group Equality California said it would oppose her. The group cited Jenner’s past support for former Donald Trump and other Republicans who worked to undermine trans rights.
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