Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star, ¿Transgender Icon Caitlyn Jenner To Add California Governor Title To Her Resume in a referendum to be held this fall? The athlete has just launched her campaign.
Announced with great emotion, Jenner’s campaign began however with a modest event in Venice, near Los Angeles., where hundreds of homeless people have set up camps along the waterfront and where drug trafficking is visible to all.
We are here because of the problem of the homeless, “said the conservative candidate, who intends to replace Democrat Gavin Newsom, governor of California since 2019 who faces a referendum to revoke his mandate.
It was thanks to a similar consultation that actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in 2003 as governor of the most populous state in the United States on behalf of the Republican Party.
The crisis of the homeless in Los Angeles will not be solved simply by “spending a lot of money,” stresses Jenner, 71, before the press gathered Thursday on the lawn of a building.
We need people on the ground, “he repeats several times, without giving more details.
In jeans and a white polo shirt, the former partner of Kris Jenner, matriarch of the Kardashian clan, famous for reality TV, the candidate wanders through the streets of Venice, while the public applauds her, criticizes her or scrutinizes her with their gaze.
I didn’t even know she was running for governor, “says a skater in his twenties as a man mutters that a” corpse “lies a few streets away.
– “Repair” the State –
Like twenty other US states, California allows a “recall vote” to be held to replace the governor.
For this, the signatures of at least 12% of the voters of the previous election must be collected.
Having reached this threshold this time, a referendum will be organized on September 14 for voters to decide whether or not they want to replace Gavin Newsom and, if so, by whom.
The candidate with the most votes wins, even by a small percentage.
At just 53 years old, an accomplished speaker and the physique of a movie actor, Newsom, considered a rising star of the Democratic Party, has come under fire for his handling of the pandemic.
Small businessmen especially reproach him for having imposed the closure of economic sectors.
Caitlyn Jenner, who in 2015 he documented his transition in front of television cameras, is one of many Republican figures seeking to dethrone him, in a race dominated by conservative radio host Larry Elder.
No prominent Democrat has stepped up to challenge the governor.
Despite her aura as a former athlete who rose to fame at the 1976 Montreal Olympics and her membership in the Kardashian family, Jenner has failed to generate much buzz in the polls.
The transgender activist, who has sidestepped questions about a possible link between his political ambitions and a new reality show or a possible book, he claims to want to “repair” the state in which he has resided for 48 years.
We must break the cycle of the political clan that governs our state and our nation, “he insists.
– Accumulated garbage –
Followed by reporters, Jenner walks the streets of Venice, strewn with garbage piles where flies are stirring, without stopping in front of Albert Martínez’s tent.
This 53-year-old does not care about the referendum. What he worries about is keeping his diabetes medication safe and being able to find a bathroom.
We are afraid that they will force us to leave, “says Martínez sitting in an outdoor office chair, pointing out that he has lived in the city for more than 20 years.
Jenner also did not come to speak to Colin McCabe, a 64-year-old Scotsman who has lived in California since 1978 and became homeless several years ago.
The police should be asked if they have judicial authorization “to expel the homeless, he says, pointing to an area from which its occupants have recently been expelled.
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