California is the United States’ largest economy with a GDP of $2.9 trillion, followed closely by Texas, New York, and others. If California were a country, it would be the 5th largest economy in the world, behind Germany, Japan, China, and United States. That’s according to the 2018 rankings, beating countries like India, United Kingdom. Russia, France, among others.
The state is also home to Hollywood, where celebrities and entertainers reside. Its all-year-round climate makes it attractive for celebrities, save for regular fires and occasional earthquakes.
It’s not therefore surprising to note that California has been led by famous names who have crossed over to politics from entertainment. America’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan was a former governor of California who joined politics after a long-acting career.
Another famous name to have crossed over from entertainment to politics is that of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austria born bodybuilder who rose to prominence through acting and becoming the 38th governor of California. He led California from 2003 to 2011, after winning a special election held to replace Democrat Jerry Brown, following a successful recall petition.
The likelihood of a successful recall petition of Governor Gavin Newsom has seen many candidates line up to succeed him. Caitlyn Jenner announced her candidacy on Friday, April 23rd,2021 by saying,
“California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality,” Jenner said in a news release. “But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”
A self-declared Republican, Jenner faces many challenges starting from his own party, whose family values platform is a contradiction to his transgender lifestyle. His announcement was met with backlash on Twitter with many users vowing not to send Jenner to the governor’s mansion.
Responding to Jenner on Twitter, one user identified as Wynd-DL, said.
“Hell No! I have nothing against Caitlyn Jenner, but she will be dragging Kardashian baggage along with her. There’s no way in Hell, I’ll vote to bring Kardashian Bullshit anywhere near state government.”
Brianna Westbrook said,
You voted for Trump, and he systemically dismantled what little trans rights and protections we had in place.
You didn’t say a word until after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed”.
Running for a political office in the U.S can be expensive, however, with a net worth of more than $100M, Jenner is one more step ahead of his competitors.