- The Washington Times - Friday, April 23, 2021

Former Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is officially running as a Republican to challenge California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a likely recall election this fall.

“I’m in! California is worth fighting for,” the gold medal-winning decathlete and trans rights activist tweeted to her 3.5 million followers.

“California has been my home for nearly 50 years,” Ms. Jenner said in an attached statement. “I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality. But 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. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”

Ms. Jenner‘s website does not currently state her policy positions but has links to buy her merchandise and donate to her campaign.

News first broke earlier this month that Ms. Jenner was mulling a gubernatorial run. She described herself as an “LGBT fiscal conservative and socially liberal candidate” in a tweet Sunday. In her statement, Ms. Jenner slammed Mr. Newsom‘s “over-restrictive lockdown” response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which she said devastated the state’s small businesses.

“I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom‘s disastrous time as governor,” she wrote. “This isn’t the California we know. This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends.”

Ms. Jenner joins the field of candidates seeking to replace Mr. Newsom in an almost certain special recall election — the fate of which will be announced next week. 

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