Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly considering running for governor of California.
Jenner, a Republican, is being advised by former Trump campaign consultant and fundraiser Caroline Wren, Axios reported. Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing a recall campaign as a result of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner is talking with political consultants as she actively explores a run for governor of California, three sources with direct knowledge of her deliberations tell me & @jonathanvswan https://t.co/NWV4lD9Wp1
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) April 6, 2021
Jenner has occasionally commented on Republican politics since coming out as transgender in 2016. A Ted Cruz supporter during the 2016 presidential primaries, she told a group of University of Pennsylvania students that she has “gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans.” (RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner: ‘Hillary Clinton Couldn’t Care Less About Women’)
Newsom’s recall petition gathered 2.1 million signatures ahead of a March 17 deadline. Newsom’s critics have cited crime increases, coronavirus lockdowns and school closures, and heavy-handed business regulations in support of their recall measure. Newsom blamed the recall push on racism, since his political opponents have cited his move to make California a sanctuary state in their petition.