OAKLAND – Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner has teased the idea of a California gubernatorial run in this year’s recall election, but Los Angeles County records show Republican no. did not vote in nearly two-thirds of the elections for which she was eligible. vote since 2000.
Jenner, a 71-year-old political neophyte who criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom’s performance on social media, did not vote in the 2018 gubernatorial election which saw Newsom claim the biggest landslide victory for a non-outgoing since 1930. She also did not vote in the historic 2003 recall that ousted then Democratic Governor Gray Davis and brought Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger to power, according to records kept by the Registrar of Los Angeles County voters.
Jenner never voted in the 2016 election won by former President Donald Trump – including the GOP primary that anointed him as party leader and his biting general election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In total, Jenner has voted only nine times in California’s 26 state elections since 2000, according to records. Seven of these were statewide general elections, including five presidential elections. The two exceptions were the presidential primary of February 2008 and the special election of November 2005 with several voting measures supported by Schwarzenegger.
California is almost certain to have its second gubernatorial recall this fall after donors submitted more than 2 million signatures by the deadline last month, hundreds of thousands more than needed. County election officials are still vetting the petitions and an updated tally is expected shortly.
Jenner could announce as early as this week whether she will challenge Newsom in a recall election. In a tweet this week, she said, “I’m with Californians and I’ll decide soon. I’ve been here for over 45 years and love CA.”
She recently met top Republican strategists, including Brad Parscale, who worked as Trump’s re-election campaign manager for 2020 before leaving last July.
Jenner backed Newsom’s Twitter recall, saying she was “very proud of the work Rescue California has done! Californians are fed up with the lack of leadership in Sacramento and it’s time to do it.” #RecallGavin. “
A representative for Jenner did not respond to requests for comment on her voting record.
If she entered the gubernatorial race, Jenner would join other high-profile and ambitious political newcomers who have tried to claim a claim in California with poor vote results – including the former billionaire eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who ran for governor in 2010, and former Hewlett. -Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who ran for the Senate that same year. Neither has succeeded in their Republican candidacies.
However, an irregular voting record did not hurt Schwarzenegger. The action movie star missed out on five of 11 statewide elections until the 2003 recall he won, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that year.
Jenner’s voting record “follows the tradition that celebrity over participation matters more than anything,” David McCuan, professor of political science at Sonoma State University.
It also cements the idea “that recall does not become a place to move ideas, but a place to move personalities – or advance a career”.