Caitlin Jenner, a former Olympic Republican and prominent transgender activist, will announce Friday that she plans to challenge California Gov. Gavin Newsom in this year’s recall election, according to two people close to her campaign.
The campaign for Ms. Jenner, whose nomination is one of the most prominent bids for public office by a transgender person in the United States, said she had submitted initial papers to run. The news of her attempt was earlier Reported by Axios.
A recall election is almost certain in California, where Newsom, a Democrat, has come under attack for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans and supporters of the recall effort focused particularly on his stewardship of the nation’s economy.
Officially, it remains uncertain whether and when a no-confidence vote will take place, but organizers have said months ago that they had exceeded the 1.5 million signatures required for such elections to take place. It is likely to take place this fall.
In many ways, that effort is the work of Republicans who struggle to maintain their relevance in the overwhelmingly Democratic state.
Celebrities running for a not-so-new position in California, where voters elected Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the latter in a special recall election in 2003 that toppled Governor Gray Davis. But Ms Jenner is not known politically in the state, as campaigning for statewide office has been known to be extremely costly.
Despite criticism for Mr Newsom’s handling of Pandemic and other controversiesAnd the Recent poll It found that only 40 percent of state voters would support the governor’s impeachment. No other Democrat has entered the race, and the elected Democrats have repeatedly pledged to stick to Mr. Newsom, helping to bolster his support among Latin, Asian and black voters in particular.
The race will come at a time when California faces severe challenges. In addition to the pandemic, the state is likely to face another drought for the second time in less than a decade.
Ms Jenner chose to run after meeting with several advisers who also worked with former President Donald J Trump, potentially complicating her opportunities in California. Democrats have portrayed the recall effort repeatedly as a plan largely supported by right-wing extremists. Ms Jenner supported Mr Trump early on when he ran for president, however It withdrew its support in 2018 After his administration repeatedly attacked the rights of transgender people.