Caitlyn Jenner has launched her bid to become governor of California. Jenner filed her initial paperwork to begin the long-shot candidacy to replace Democratic Gov.
Gavin Newsom in a recall election, and has packed her team full of former aides to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. They include Tony Fabrizio, the top pollster on both Trump campaigns, and Steven Cheung, a former White House communications aide during the Trump era.
Brad Parscale, Trump’s former campaign manager, has reportedly helped to piece together the team but isn’t officially involved. The reality-TV star and Olympian, 71, was a Trump supporter until 2017, when he got rid of federal rules allowing transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice. An adviser said Jenner’s campaign will be “socially liberal and fiscally conservative.”
Caitlyn Jenner is casting herself as a “compassionate disruptor” and attacking “career politicians” in the ad released Tuesday opening her bid for California governor.
The former gold medal Olympic athlete and reality star who came out as a transgender woman in 2015 entered the race to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, injecting a dose of Hollywood star power into what is shaping up to be the most high-profile contest of the year.
“I came here with a dream 48 years ago, to be the greatest athlete in the world,” she says in the ad, which first aired on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet: to save California.”
California used to be the envy of the world, but that has changed, Ms. Jenner says, lamenting how the “government is involved in every part of our lives. They’ve taken our money, our jobs and our freedom.”