Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner announced her intention to run for governor of California on Friday.
“Here I am! California is worth fighting for,” Jenner tweeted.
Jenner, a Republican, filed documents to apply for the governorship and hired several well-known Republican agents to guide her booming campaign.
She hopes to topple Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who faces an almost certain recall election later this year.
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Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist decathlete turned transgender rights activist and nationally recognized television personality, had been considering a candidacy. News of the decision was first reported by Axios and confirmed by Fox News.
Jenner has assembled a team of prominent Republic operatives to advise the campaign, including Tony Fabrizio and Steven Cheung, a Trump presidential campaign pollster in 2016 and 2020, a White House re-election campaign aide from Trump who worked with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 2003 governor’s recall election victory in 2003 in California.
Along with her announcement, Jenner launched a website. In a statement on the website, she targeted the Democratic One Party’s lockdown on the Deep Blue State for the past decade.
“California has been my home for almost 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, no matter what their background or situation in life, could make their dreams come true, ”Jenner wrote. “But over the past decade we’ve seen the Golden State’s glow diminished by the one-party regime that puts politics above progress and special interests above people. Sacramento needs a leader. honest with a clear vision. “
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But defeating Newsom won’t be easy.
Fifty-six percent of Golden State adults polled in a California Public Policy Institute poll released late last month said if the recall election was held now they would vote to keep Newsom in power, four out of ten claiming they’d vote to oust the governor from office.
Alex Pappas of Fox News contributed to this report.
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