Caitlyn Jenner is a country-club Republican. She believes in golf and low taxes and protecting her own very narrow interests and no one else’s. I remember watching her E! series I Am Cait and being shocked at her political ignorance and self-absorbed privilege. She also supported Donald Trump through everything, through his Nazism, his family separations at the border, his Russian collusion, his lies and his delusion, and she only “stopped” supporting him when the Trump administration went full-throttle transphobia. And even then, it turns out that she still pretty much supports everything having to do with Trump and Trumpism. As we heard in early April, Caitlyn has been weighing a run for governor of California. Now it looks like she’s really going to do it, and she’s hired a whole lot of Trumpers to help her.
Former Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner on Friday officially announced her bid for governor of California. Jenner, a longtime Republican, is seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, hoping her celebrity status and name recognition can yield an upset in the nation’s most populous state.
But in deep-blue California, she’s decidedly not branding herself as a Trump Republican even as she’s counting on some of the former president’s advisers to drive her strategy. She’s assembled a team of prominent GOP operatives including Tony Fabrizio, the top pollster on Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, Ryan Erwin, founder of RedRock Strategies, and Tyler Deaton, president of Allegiance Strategies. She’s also hired Steven Cheung, a former Trump White House and campaign communications hand who worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2003 recall campaign. Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale, a personal friend of Jenner’s, has helped her assemble her team but doesn’t plan to take an official title on the campaign.
Jenner said in a statement that “Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision” and that “for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people.” The statement decries California’s taxes as “too high” and criticizes an “over-restrictive lockdown” response to the COVID pandemic including on in-person schooling. “This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends.”
A campaign adviser tells Axios that Jenner has greater name ID than Newsom and can command the kind of earned media that “will go to every possible demographic you could think of.”
Jenner, a trans woman, “is very socially liberal,” the adviser said. “She’s running as someone that’s socially liberal and fiscally conservative.” Jenner’s team is convinced that the race is “totally winnable,” but recent polling shows the scale of the challenge. A statewide survey this month had support for recalling Newsom at just 40 percent.
I’m so glad my state doesn’t have recalls. No, my state just had a sitting Republican governor – the last Republican to hold state-wide office – get indicted on federal corruption charges. From what I’ve heard from the Democratic Party operators in California, Gov. Newsom isn’t super-popular among organizers and Dem officials, but he’s also gotten a lot of blame for sh-t that was out of his control, like the pandemic. I tend to think Newsom is kind of a lightweight too, but Californians will likely stick with him rather than throw Sacramento into political chaos just for Caitlyn’s quixotic political run. While Caitlyn does have big name recognition, she’s also an a–hole and most Republicans don’t even like her. Besides, she doesn’t even want to spend the time doing this bullsh-t. She’s 71 years old and she’d rather be golfing. Those Trumpers she hired must be delusional to think this is going to work.
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