Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner Might Run for Governor of California

Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner might be running for Governor of California. The news comes amid growing calls for the recall of current disastrous Democrat Gavin Newsom.

Newsom is a hypocritical buffoon who’s done a terrible job leading California during the COVID-19 pandemic, running its economy into the ground and being caught in public without a mask while demanding everyone else wear them. 

Jenner is a well-known Republican with high name recognition due to being on reality TV and a past series of high-profile accomplishments including winning a gold medal in decathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. 

Jenner is also a strong supporter of former President Trump. 

Experienced GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren is helping out Jenner after a stint at Trump Victory which worked to get Trump re-elected in 2020. 

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Could Jenner Win?

After gaining fame from an epic win at the 1976 Olympics, Bruce Jenner went on to gain fame as a cast member in the reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” a family Bruce married into in the 1990s. Jenner went on to transition into a female in 2015, taking the name “Caitlyn” and gaining wide media praise.

Praise for Jenner was focused solely on his decision to become transgender and use Jenner as a poster boy for transgender and LGBT issues. Jenner’s conservative politics were never mentioned since it didn’t fit the media narrative and left-wing worldview which attempts to fit all people of different identities into narrow political boxes. 

Now that Newsom could be headed for the exit door, Jenner does have a shot. Former disastrous Democrat Governor Gray Davis was recalled in 2003 for the first time in the state’s history and Arnold Schwarzenegger stepped in as a much better Republican alternative.

If Schwarzenegger could do it, why not Jenner?

Lessons from the Past

The 2003 recall of Gray Davis was a pivotal moment in California history and it created a massive swarm of new candidates. In fact, there were 130 challengers trying to become the new governor, including the late actor Gary Coleman. The race, as noted, was ultimately won by Schwarzenegger. 

This time around there are also likely to be a number of people running to replace Newsom as governor if he is recalled, and while Jenner does have a shot, it’s not a very big one. 

“It’s more substantial than Gary Coleman but not nearly as substantial as Arnold Schwarzenegger…Arnold was the most famous person in the world aside from the pope. She’s famous but not that famous,” said GOP strategist and Schwarzenegger adviser Rob Stutzman.

Not everyone share’s Stutzman’s skepticism, however. Republican insiders and money wizards like Wren see a lot of potential in Jenner who has broad name recognition and could offset accusations of being anti-gay and intolerant from the Democrats against Republicans. The GOP hasn’t held state office in California since 2006 and there’s no doubt that they’d like to get back in a leadership role. 

Other GOP members who are planning to run if Newsom is booted out include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox and former Representative Doug Ose.

We should find out whether Newsom is out by later this month. Jenner hasn’t responded to a request for comment about a potential run. 

“I have gotten more flack for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans,” Jenner commented in 2016. 

In 2017 Jenner told Don Lemon on CNN that “I would have to look, over the next year or two … can I do a better job on the outside or am I in a position now that I can do a better job for my community on the inside…And if that’s the case, if I find us on the inside, I would seriously look at it.”

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