Realty TV personality Caitlyn Jenner is running for Governor of California.
The 71-year-old has filed paperwork to launch her campaign and formally announced her run on social media, revealing her new slogan – Caitlyn For California.
Jenner is a registered Republican who says she voted for Trump in 2016 but not in 2020, in protest against his position on transgender issues.
A member of her team – which includes many prominent former Trump White House figures – said: ‘She’s running as someone that’s socially liberal and fiscally conservative.’
She has hired operatives close to Trump including Tony Fabrizio, a pollster who worked on both of Trump’s campaigns, and Brad Parscale, who spearheaded his digital operation.
In the statement, Jenner said: ‘I’m in! California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality.
‘But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.
‘I have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life, from representing the United States and winning a gold medal at the Olympics to helping advance the movement for equality.
‘As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it’s too late.
‘Taking on entrenched Sacramento politicians and the special interests that fund them requires a fighter who isn’t afraid to do what’s right.
‘I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.
‘This will be a campaign of solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around and finally clean up the damage Newsom has done to this state.
‘Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown.
‘An entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school.
‘Taxes are too high, killing jobs, hurting families and putting an especially heavy burden on our most vulnerable people.
‘This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends,’ she said.
She was referring to a November incident where Newsom, after shutting down the state and telling everyone not to socialize, was pictured dining indoors at a luxury restaurant with a group of at least 10 people for a friend’s birthday.
Jenner first became famous as Bruce Jenner, a Team USA gold medal-winning decathlete, then stepped back into the spotlight as Kim Kardashian’s step-father on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
She revealed in 2015 that she was transgender and had started living as Caitlyn.
Jenner has zero political experience as she seeks to lead America’s largest state.