Caitlyn Jenner announces bid for Governor of California backed by a team of ex-Trump advisers: Reality star, 71, says she wants to take down Gavin Newsom and ‘return to prosperity’
- Jenner announced her campaign on Instagram on Friday morning
- She said she wanted to repair the damage done by Newsom before it’s too late
- Jenner is a registered Republican; she voted for Trump in 2016 but not in 2020
- She said she revoked her support because of his position on trans issues
- Jenner made her name as Bruce, a gold-medal winning Olympic decathlete
- She then appeared as Bruce on Keeping Up With The Kardashians for years
- After splitting from Kris Jenner, she announced she was transgender in 2015
- In her announcement, she slammed Newsom for an ‘over restrictive’ COVID lockdown which she said destroyed businesses and kids’ education
- It’s unclear if she is running as a Republican or as an Independent
Caitlyn Jenner is running for Governor of California.
The 71-year-old has filed paperwork to launch her campaign and formally announced her run on social media, revealing her new slogan – Caitlyn For California.
Jenner is a registered Republican. She voted for Trump in 2016 but not in 2020, in protest against his position on transgender issues. In an announcement on Instagram, she did not indicate whether or not she’ll run as a Republican or Independent.
A member of her team – which includes many prominent former Trump White House figures – told Axios: ‘She’s running as someone that’s socially liberal and fiscally conservative.’
She has hired Tony Fabrizio, a pollster who worked on both of Trump’s campaigns, and Brad Parscale also helped her in an informal role.
In the Instagram statement, Jenner said: ‘I’m in! 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.
‘I have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life, from representing the United States and winning a gold medal at the Olympics to helping advance the movement for equality.
Caitlyn Jenner is running for Governor of California. The 71-year-old has filed paperwork to launch her campaign and is expected to formally announce her run later today, according to Axios
Caitlyn’s announcement on Friday on Instagram. She has not yet indicated if she’ll run as a Republican or Independent
‘As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it’s too late.
Caitlyn said she wants to ‘take on’ Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom who she says imposed an ‘over restrictive’ lockdown that damaged businesses and children’s education
‘Taking on entrenched Sacramento politicians and the special interests that fund them requires a fighter who isn’t afraid to do what’s right.
‘I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.
‘This will be a campaign of solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around and finally clean up the damage Newsom has done to this state.
‘Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown.
‘An entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school.
‘Taxes are too high, killing jobs, hurting families and putting an especially heavy burden on our most vulnerable people.
‘This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends,’ she said.
She was referring to a November incident where Newsom, after shutting down the state and telling everyone not to socialize, was pictured dining indoors at a luxury restaurant with a group of at least 10 people for a friend’s birthday.
Jenner first became famous as Bruce Jenner, a Team USA gold medal-winning decathlete, then stepped back into the spotlight as Kim Kardashian’s step-father on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
She revealed in 2015 that she was transgender and had started living as Caitlyn.
Brad Parscale (left) one of Trump’s former aides, is helping her put together her campaign team in an informal capacity. Tony Fabrizio, a pollster who worked on both of Trump’s campaigns, is also on board
Jenner’s team includes controversial Trump aides.
Parscale was removed as Trump’s campaign manager in the run-up to the 2020 election amid dropping poll numbers.
He has since been working on a platform to protect conservatives against cancel culture, called Campaign Nucleus.
In September, Parscale’s wife Candice called the cops to their home in Florida, saying he was suicidal and tried to hurt her during a public meltdown in which cops seized 11 firearms from his house.
He was involuntarily detained under Florida’s Baker Act for three days and slapped with a risk protection order, and the politico later blamed the outburst on his career and having lost two children.
Jenner is also being assisted by Caroline Wren who previously worked at Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee for President Trump’s 2020 campaign.
She also helped organize the rally he addressed immediately before the U.S. Capitol assault on January 6.
Jenner’s team also includes Steven Cheung, who worked at Trump’s White House in communications and who also worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003.
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