Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympian and reality star, has announced that she will challenge California Governor Gavin Newsom in the impending impeachment of the governor’s impeachment election.
In a post on her website, Jenner, a longtime Republican who had indicated earlier this month that she was considering a career, proclaimed, “I’m in!”
The impeachment effort against Newsom, a Democrat, was spearheaded by Republicans in California who opposed the governor’s Covid-era business closures, as well as his immigration and tax policies. It gained support in the winter as California went through the deadliest phase of the pandemic. Officials have until the end of April to verify the signatures on the withdrawal petition, and the earliest an election would be held is November.
Still, with recall advocates saying they have collected more than the 1.5 million signatures needed to force an election, the prospect of a recall seems almost inevitable.
Jenner, a transgender activist of Keeping Up With the Kardashians fame, would be the most prominent celebrity to enter the career, which has already attracted a variety of traditional politicians and eccentric figures.
The first group includes John Cox, a businessman who lost to Newsom by 24 points during the last gubernatorial election (the largest margin in a California gubernatorial race since the 1950s), Kevin Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego and Doug Ose, a former United States Representative.
Pornstar and reality star Mary Carey and model Angelyne, who rose to fame in the 1980s after appearing on a series of iconic billboards in Los Angeles, are also in attendance.
All of these challengers will face a steep and uphill battle. Although Newsom saw his approval ratings drop during the most arduous phase of the pandemic in the state, a majority of California voters still support him. A recent poll by the California Public Policy Institute found that 56% of likely voters oppose the removal of the governor and 5% are unsure. Only 40% would vote to remove the governor from office.
The withdrawal campaign’s ties to far-right groups, including Q-Anon, could also reduce its chances of success. Although supporters of the pullout say they have broad support and have tried to distance themselves from far-right supporters following the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol led by right-wing extremists, their anti-masking and anti -Imigrants have limited appeal in California.
Jenner had reportedly consulted with several advisers who worked with Donald Trump, who remains overwhelmingly unpopular in California. After initially supporting Trump’s presidential race, she changed her mind about her administration’s attacks on transgender rights. Still, his limited experience and his associations with the former president limit his chances in the state.
“Caitlyn Jenner’s career feels like a publicity stunt at best, at worst a way to raise money from Republican supporters,” said Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L Carey Institute for Reform. Government that studies the recall elections. “The biggest problem for Newsom is actually running for a Democratic candidate.”
Democrats in California and Washington DC, however, have made it clear, at least for now, that the party will back Newsom.
In the far-left state, where Democrats control the governor’s office and the legislature, Republicans have increasingly become a minority party. Jenner, explaining her rationale for running, said: “Over the past decade, we have seen the flash of the Golden State shrunk by a one-party government that puts politics over progress and special interests over the people.” She added that she saw herself as a “disruptor” of the Democratic hegemony, announcing on her website that she had submitted the initial documentation to execute.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism