Caitlyn Jenner to announce bid for California governor bid as former Olympian and KUWTK star officially files paperworkApril 23, 2021
CAITLYN Jenner is set to announce her bid for California governor as the former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star officially files paperwork.
Her campaign team said that Jenner will be declaring her run for governor later today.
Jenner has been a longtime Republican and is hoping to replace Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election, Axios reported.
The former Olympic athlete was initially advised by ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale when she was considering running, according to the New York Times.
Parscale served as the senior adviser for data and digital operations for Donald Trump's 2020 campaign, but announced in September that he was stepping down to deal with personal issues.
Jenner, who has spent decades in the spotlight, first as Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete and then as a reality TV star, has also reportedly met with Caroline Wren.
Wren, a longtime GOP fundrasier, and Jenner met through her work with the American Unity Fund, a GOP nonprofit focused on LGBTQ issues, according to Axios.
Wren also previously worked for Trump with Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee for the former president's 2020 campaign — and helped organize the rally he attended immediately before the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Jenner was widely known as a Republican, and even joked at the 2016 Republican National Convention that she “got more trouble for coming out as a Republican than I did for being trans.”
In 2020, however, the year that marked the five-year anniversary of her transition, she said she had "changed her political views."
While she previously threw her support behind Trump, she revoked that support in 2018.
She publicly spoke against the former president's stance on gay marriage to Diane Sawyer on "20/20," saying "I am 100% behind gay marriage, let's clear that up right now."
She also publicly criticized Trump's decision to reverse a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms on Twitter, calling it "a disaster."
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