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Caitlyn Jenner: California needs a ‘thoughtful disruptor’

Olympic gold medalist and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner, who is running for governor of California, released a campaign ad on Tuesday branding herself as a “thoughtful disruptor.”

“The American Dream grew up here. Yet, career politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream. It’s been locked away, closed, shuttered, left in the dark, burned down,” Jenner said.

“The government is now involved in every part of our lives. They’ve taken our money, our jobs, and our freedom. California needs a disruptor — a thoughtful disruptor,” she continued.

Jenner singled out California Gov. Gavin Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the ad. Both lawmakers had taken heat from Republicans for what they characterized as flouting COVID-19 guidelines amid the pandemic.

The ad features the viral video of Pelosi walking, without a mask, in a hair salon in August, and a photo of Newsom dining with a group of people indoors, sans mask, in November.

Jenner also branded her bid for the governorship as an opportunity to “save California.”

She said she wants to “carry the torch” for parents who have to balance work and their child’s education, business owners who were forced to shutter their doors amid the pandemic, pastors who were not able to meet with their congregation, families who lost their homes in fires and for the students who lost a year of education because of COVID-19.

“California is facing big hurdles. Now, we need leaders who are unafraid to lead to new heights, who are unafraid to challenge and to change the status quo,” Jenner later added.

Jenner went on to say that it is time for California to “reopen our schools, reopen our business, reopen the golden gates.”

“So I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat. I’m running to be governor for all Californians. To reclaim our true identity, to bring back the gold to the Golden State,” Jenner, who is running as a Republican, added.

Jenner’s ad comes just over one week after the California secretary of state’s office announced that the effort aimed at recalling Newsom has enough signatures to qualify as a ballot measure.

A number of candidates have already announced their bids to run for the top California political post, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R), businessman John Cox (R) and former Rep. Doug Ose (R).

Last week, actor Randy Quaid said he is “seriously considering” running for the governorship.

Tags Caitlyn Jenner California gubernatorial recall election Gavin Newsom Kevin Faulconer Nancy Pelosi

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