High-profile Republican Caitlyn Jenner is reportedly considering a possible bid as the next governor of California if there is a recall effort against the incumbent Democratic Governor, Gavin Newsom.
According to Axios, the 1976 Olympian and former reality show star is in serious talks with political consultants.
One of them assisting Jenner's campaign is GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren, who met Jenner via the American Unity Fund—a GOP nonprofit focused on LGBT issues.
Scoop: Caitlyn Jenner explores run for California governor as Newsom faces recall .. convos w GOP consultants unde… https://t.co/swr1LBeXFZ— Jonathan Swan (@Jonathan Swan) 1617736252.0
Axios noted Wren previously worked at Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee for former President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign. She also helped Trump organize the rally to block President Joe Biden's electoral college certification that eventually led to the U.S. Capitol insurrection, five deaths and millions of dollars in damage on January 6.
A spokesperson for Jenner and Wren both declined requests to comment.
Deadline said the prospects of Jenner defeating the "seasoned" and "well-financed" Newsom are a "long shot" in an already crowded GOP field.
An industry insider told the news outlet:
"Caitlyn Jenner is never going to be governor of California, but she may get herself a new show on a streamer out of all this."
Californians doth protest.
Yes, Caitlyn Jenner is Trans, but she is a MAGA lunatic which means she doesn’t represent anyone but herself. As a… https://t.co/0H7ThL0sNE— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1617753307.0
@TheRickyDavila As a Californian, I say hell no. I have no objection to her presentation, just her judgment. She wa… https://t.co/vDssY44t6I— Shirley Eugest 🗽⚖️ 🍑 (@Shirley Eugest 🗽⚖️ 🍑) 1617754583.0
@TheRickyDavila California wants to keep its Governor.— 🇺🇸DaleWillResist📣 (@🇺🇸DaleWillResist📣) 1617764053.0
@TheRickyDavila As a Californian, I too say no. It has everything to do with her character. I also say no to the recall.— Susan 🌻💙🌻💙🌻 (@Susan 🌻💙🌻💙🌻) 1617816907.0
@TheRickyDavila And I say HELL NO with you. This Californian is NOT voting for a Kardashian or Jenner for any political office. Ever.— L. B-Smith (@L. B-Smith) 1617754735.0
California Republicans, upset over Newsom's immigration and tax policies, launched a recall attempt against him.
The GOP's recall efforts gained traction over the Governor's much-criticized handling of the pandemic and opposition to early lockdowns in the state.
In response to the increasingly likely possibility of losing his gubernatorial seat, Newsom admitted he was concerned and said on The View, "We're taking it seriously."
"I have to do my job every single day but I'm going to fight this thing because I'm going to fight for California values and the things I hold dear."
@TheRickyDavila Governor Newsom is good at his job. CA has the lowest positivity rate in the whole country because… https://t.co/2SSbHE7Tx4— AuntieBS 🐝💛💛 (@AuntieBS 🐝💛💛) 1617757372.0
@TheRickyDavila IF Caitlyn is the best the GOP can come up with, then I believe the Governor will be Gavin again.— Leaping Lizard (@Leaping Lizard) 1617801626.0
Newsom faces a challenge similar to the one 37th California Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, faced in 2003.
Davis was recalled and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger—former bodybuilder and actor best known for his Terminator films.
@TheRickyDavila What exactly are her qualifications to run a state as large as CA? Haven't we learned our lesson ab… https://t.co/mfT1K0DyWt— Scout (@Scout) 1617753654.0
@TheRickyDavila To go from no political experience to the governor of California? Hahaha! No honey, we’ve been ther… https://t.co/5bG5wQtUyD— Giselle (@Giselle) 1617778034.0
Even after her coming out as a transgender woman in 2015, Jenner remained a dedicated Republican and stuck with her political beliefs despite her party's constant pushing of anti-transgender policies.
For this reason, the trans community and their allies gave a hard pass.
Caitlyn Jenner voted for Trump. That automatically disqualifies her to be California's next governor.— Bill Madden (@Bill Madden) 1617737804.0
The transgender community is diverse in background and thought, and yet, we are overwhelmingly opposed to the polic… https://t.co/xstjyUmPZR— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈) 1617738213.0
@TheRickyDavila Doesn’t make sense to me, she’s a Republican but Republicans last time I checked don’t think of tra… https://t.co/fTB9xRxKJR— 𝓣𝓻𝓲𝓬𝓲𝓪 𝓣𝓪𝓴𝓪𝓷𝓪𝔀𝓪 (@𝓣𝓻𝓲𝓬𝓲𝓪 𝓣𝓪𝓴𝓪𝓷𝓪𝔀𝓪) 1617770432.0
@TheRickyDavila Jenner would create a quandary for Republicans because they despise Trans people. Which would they… https://t.co/6tVacriSPw— Facts 🤓 Logic 🧐 Humor 😂 Progressive 🌊🏳️🌈 (@Facts 🤓 Logic 🧐 Humor 😂 Progressive 🌊🏳️🌈) 1617776816.0
@TheRickyDavila It's scary to think just how badly your thinking has to be warped to represent a party that doesn't… https://t.co/D9gNdHww2W— Robert Stevens (@Robert Stevens) 1617811874.0
@PinkNews This makes no sense to me. All the transphobia on the right and she thinks they'll vote her her?— Mountlake's Mister Miracle (@Mountlake's Mister Miracle) 1617818342.0
@PinkNews Trans White Supremacists- It’s not an airline!— AMD (@AMD) 1617812299.0
If Jenner runs and ultimately secures the proverbial California gold medal, she will be the state's first woman and America's first openly transgender person to be elected as governor of a state.
And that's a big if.