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Caitlyn Jenner signs up to run for California government
The rumors are over. Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympic athlete and television celebrity, has made it official this Friday that she is entering the race for the government of California. The announcement comes after weeks of speculation about her full entry into politics. Jenner, 71, will have to fight for the candidacy of the Republican party with other local figures such as the former mayor of San Diego and former congressmen. She will do so at a time when conservative lawmakers have introduced initiatives to limit the rights of transgender people. California will hold a special election this fall that will define the tenure of the current governor, Democrat Gavin Newsom, who has been the governor for two years.
The applicant has begun the necessary paperwork to seek the candidacy and has announced that she will later make a formal announcement. Jenner, who has lived in the state for almost 50 years, has been the breath of fresh air that can refresh old politics. The candidate who comes from abroad to revolutionize the traditional ways of doing politics. “We Californians want more and deserve more from a governor. Career politicians have long promised too much and delivered too little,” Jenner said in a statement.
In 2015 Caitlyn shocked the world by announcing that she had transitioned from Bruce Jenner, the gold-winning Olympian and the father of sisters Kendall and Kylie and stepfather to the famous Kardashians. Since then, Jenner has become one of the most visible activists in defense of the rights of transgender people. A fight that will continue to champion one of the most progressive territories in the United States, but from an economically conservative perspective. Without yet having presented a detailed platform, the candidate has complained that taxes are too high in California.
Jenner has accused Governor Newsom of responding to corporate interests. “Since the past decade we have seen the light of the golden state dim to the dominance of a single party that puts politics before progress and interests before people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision … I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can end the disastrous Newsom government,” she added.
Jenner’s battle brings to mind the year 2003. Then, Democrat Gray Davis, governor since 1999, had started his second term. Early in the term he faced an election to remove him, which he lost in November of that year. One of the most atypical politicians to ever walk in California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the popular Hollywood actor and retired bodybuilder, came to power. Famous for playing Conan, he then became the last Republican to occupy the Sacramento Capitol. His term ended in January 2011. By the twilight of his second term, his popularity was as low as Gray Davis’s. That is the latest example of an outsider who jumped into politics.