Caitlyn Jenner will speak at a governor candidates forum June 14 at the San Diego County Republican Party’s bimonthly meeting in Mission Valley.
The transgender advocate and Olympic decathlon champion (as Bruce Jenner) will appear in person alongside at least four other GOP hopefuls in a recall election expected in November, said a party spokesman.
Jenny Rae Le Roux, Joseph Luciano, Sarah Stephens and Anthony Trimino will also make their governor pitches, according to the county GOP events page.
“This will be our first fully open event since COVID-19 ravaged our lives,” said the events page. “Please share with your friends and plan accordingly.”
The Jenner appearance will be at the Town and Country Hotel and Resort, with a reception at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. The event is being advertised as free. But RSVPs are expected.
Guest speaker at the event is Elizabeth Heng, one of at least 10 Republican challengers to incumbent appointed Sen. Alex Padilla, a Democrat who succeeded Kamala Harris.
Fresno native Heng, daughter of Chinese-Cambodian immigrants, is CEO of The New Internet — an encrypted internet browser that reputedly does not track, spy and sell information.
“It has an added feature that allows you to comment on any webpage online so that users can fight fake news and censorship,” her website says.
Jenner, the former Kardashian clan patriarch on TV, has been criticized for failing to engage with California-based news media and instead appearing on national outlets.
In Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times, columnist Michael Hiltzik suggested that cable news programs give the impression that Jenner is the leader in the recall election.
“On May 26 alone,” he wrote, “she appeared on the set of ‘CBS This Morning’ and the Fox News program ‘America’s Newsroom.’ That followed a May 11 sit-down with CNN’s Dana Bash . And a one-on-one interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity on May 5.”
But he noted the complaint of Politico’s Carla Marinucci that Jenner “hasn’t had a public appearance, press conference, major policy announcement or in-depth interview with any state political reporter.”
(But late Wednesday, Fox LA’s Elex Michaelson announced via Twitter he would interview Jenner this week.)
A poll by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies‘ co-sponsored by the L.A. Times indicated that only 36% of California registered voters would vote to recall Newsom.
On April 12, before enough signatures were judged to be sufficient to set a recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 governor candidate John Cox of Rancho Santa Fe spoke at a similar county GOP event.
“We proved in a majority Democrat city” a Republican could win a race for mayor — twice, Faulconer said. “We’ve proven it. Actual registration in the state of California mirrors it. … It is time for a competition of ideas.”
Updated at 11:22 p.m. June 2, 2021