Do not count Caitlyn Jenner out in the race for California’s governor. She speaks straight to people. She was an accomplished athlete and was hugely successful in business after her career ended. She was on a hit reality show where she was routinely the only character who seemed to have any common sense.
Name recognition is key and she has it. No amount of money can buy a politician thirty years in the spotlight. Coupled with her reputation as a straight shooter in a state annoyed at leaders who lie and flout the rules she may surprise a lot of people.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the last person to win a recall election and get a Dem governor removed from office said as much recently. But it was what she did yesterday that will stand out as a turning point in her campaign if she wins because she took on the fake outrage mob and stared them down.
She was asked by a reporter as she was getting coffee what she thought of transgender girls playing women’s sports. Coming from a trans woman, Caitlyn should have the last word on the subject.
“This is a question of fairness,” said Jenner.
“That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school.”
“It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
“I didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I’m clear about where I stand,” Jenner later said later on Twitter.
“It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
Jenner, 71, does have some advantages. In addition to her own celebrity name recognition, her daughters who make up the Kardashian-Jenner clan all boast massive social media audiences, which could come in very handy if leveraged effectively. (Whether her daughters will publicly endorse her remains unclear.)
Another area Jenner is likely to play up is her work as an LGBTQ activist. If elected, she’d be the first transgender governor.
But that avenue is fraught, as she’ll likely have to address the Trump administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military and various GOP-led statewide efforts to ban transgender athletes from competing in public-school sports.
Equality California, an LGBTQ advocacy group, wrote in an April 23 tweet: “We can’t wait to elect a #trans governor of California. But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump.
We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her? Hard Pass.”
Comparisons with another star who ran in a recall — Arnold Schwarzenegger, who prevailed over Davis — may not be apt. Davis was not nearly as popular as Newsom is, and Schwarzenegger had already been dabbling in politics.
“He was sui generis,” said South about Schwarzenegger.“There just isn’t another Arnold out there.”
Yet, when asked by Jimmy Kimmel on April 26 about Jenner’s campaign, Schwarzenegger didn’t rule out the star’s bid:
“Anyone has a chance because I think the people are dissatisfied with what is going on here in California.”
Caitlyn Jenner: “It’s a question of fairness. I oppose biological boys who are ttans competing in girls sports in school. It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls sports.” pic.twitter.com/jioEC3K97y— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 1, 2021
I didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I’m clear about where I stand. It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools.https://t.co/YODLDQ3csP— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 1, 2021