"Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision", the statement reads.
The last time Californians recalled their governor was in 2003, when Democrat Gray Davis was replaced by Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican. Gavin Newsom's campaign team wasted no time coming after Caitlyn Jenner as she entered the recall race to take his seat. 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.
But multiple United States media reports said Jenner had met with veteran Republican strategists before filing her candidacy.
Jenner becomes the fourth Republican to announce their candidacy. On the latter point, she has remained mostly silent as Republican state legislatures have waged war on transgender people all year, passing odious bills denying them rights and demonizing their existence.
Still, with her name recognition and ability to attract publicity, she could overshadow other GOP contenders, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox, who lost badly to Newsom in the 2018 governor's race. Instead, in her written statement, she referred only vaguely to cutting taxes, a "roadmap back to prosperity" and taking on special interests. "Her views are awful".
Her run would come almost two decades after the ascendancy of Arnold Schwarzenegger, another Republican who used his Hollywood fame as a springboard to California's highest office in a 2003 recall election.
Jenner, 71, said the Democratic governor's "over-restrictive lockdown" has devastated small business and deprived children of in-class schooling.
"This is Gavin Newsom's California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends".
"Certainly she has not seen eye-to-eye with [Trump] on a lot of things", one adviser said.
"I do not support Trump", she wrote.
It's odd that Jenner would turn to Trumper Caroline Wren, who served as a "VIP advisor" to Trump's January 6th rally, because Jenner was vocal in the last couple of years in her disavowal of Trump himself.
Jenner supported Trump in 2016 but later criticized his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. "Now she wants us to trust her?" the tweet said.
Newsom advisor Nathan Click added in a follow-up statement to Fox News: "We always knew the Republican recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump supporters, which only reinforces how much Californians appreciate Governor's Newsom's competent compassionate experienced leadership during an unprecedented series of crises". Jenner is a long-time Republican, and her campaign team is reportedly heaving with former Trump campaign advisers, according to Axios.
David Badash, editor of an LGBTQ-oriented news and opinion site called The New Civil Rights Movement, noted that Jenner's campaign website outlined no policy positions and offered two options to those visiting the site: "Shop" and "Donate".