The celebrity is an icon of the transgender community.
Former Olympic star and member of the Kardashian clan, Caitlyn Jenner, announced on Friday that she submitted documents to run for governor of California in a bid to become the first transgender American to access high-profile political office.
The 71-year-old former decathlete said in a statement that she would formally launch her campaign as a Republican.
I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can end the catastrophic era of [Democrat], Gavin Newsom as governor, he added.
Jenner is the highest-profile figure from outside the political sphere running for governor since Hollywood legend Arnold Schwarzenegger won a surprising victory as a Republican in the 2003 California recall elections. He worked as governor for more than 7 years.
While experts consider Jenner's candidacy unlikely to come to fruition, it comes at a time when Newsom, a 53-year-old Democrat from San Francisco, faces strong criticism for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, especially the lockdown that hit hard. to the companies and families of the state.
California is expected to hold the second recall election in its history this year, as the state initiative against Newsom appears to be on track to secure the required number of signatures to call for his impeachment.
During the partial lockdown, Jenner recalled Newsom's attendance last year at a lobby luncheon at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant.
Small businesses have been seized of a year's education by a whole generation of overly bound (and) children and have been barred from going back to school, engaging in exercises, or socializing with their friends." he said.
Jenner added that his candidacy "will be a campaign for solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity."
A California department has questioned Gavin Newsom's response to an epidemic in California. According to the New York Times, more than 360,000 deaths and nearly 60,000 deaths have been reported in California.
Republicans also question his actions on immigration and tax issues.
In 2003, Gray Davis, the governor of California, faced a similar dilemma and was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Terminator actor.
Last February, Caitlin Jenner said she had never considered running for governor. However, she did highlight that it would be an excellent opportunity to promote LGBT + rights.
In 2020, in an interview for People magazine, she explained that his "thinking had changed dramatically in recent years and that he had stopped identifying himself as a Republican. She now describes herself as economically conventional and culturally progressive.
He was also particularly probed for partnering with "Trump Victory," who helped organize the meeting that allegedly incited the January 6 attack on the capital. He also served as a moderator of protests against alleged electoral fraud after the Republican defeat.
Jenner won an Olympic medal in 1976. Years later, he married Kris Jenner, Kim's mother, Kourtney, and Khloé Kardashian. Together they formed a family with two more girls, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, becoming one of the most mediatic clans and famous in the world.
In 2015, Bruce decided it was time for him to be free and become Caitlyn.
The transition was documented by the cameras on her show and helped introduce her to a new generation of fans.