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Television star and Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner is considering running for governor of California if attempts to hold a recall election against incumbent Gavin Newsom are successful.
Jenner’s intention was revealed earlier this week by the digital media Axios, after which other publications such as Politico and CBS News detailed Thursday that she will meet imminently with a group of advisors to prepare her strategy.
The movement is reminiscent of the campaign by which in 2003 actor Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor of the most populous state in the United States by beating Democrat Gray Davis in a recall election, a mechanism similar to the motion of censure but by direct suffrage.
Like Schwarzenegger, Jenner is a member of the Republican Party, a party that has not won in California for years and whose electoral successes have been linked to stars such as Clint Eastwood, former mayor of the town of Carmel, and Ronald Reagan, who served as governor of the state from 1967 to 1975 before becoming president of the country in 1981.
Jenner, who was one of the stars of the reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” has said in interviews that she identifies herself as conservative in economic matters and liberal on social issues, being one of the most influential transgender activists in the Republican ranks.
According to Politico, the potential candidate will meet next week with Caroline Wren, a former campaign advisor to former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).
Sources consulted by the Los Angeles Times say California Republicans see Jenner as a candidate capable of standing up to Democrats in a state known for its overwhelmingly progressive majority.
While the star hasn’t spoken out publicly, she has been active again on Twitter, where after nearly two years without posting anything she shared a message critical of the pandemic’s handling of Los Angeles.
Jenner rose to fame when she won the decathlon event at the 1976 Olympics, then married Kris Kardashian in 1991 and in 2015 announced her transition to womanhood.