Caitlyn Jenner is running to be the next Governor of California, assuming of course, that the current Governor Gavin Newsom is ousted in the upcoming recall election.
Today, CNN reports that Jenner didn't even bother to vote in the 2020 election, choosing to play golf on Election Day instead. Never mind that the California legislature has made voting remarkably easy. Jenner could have voted absentee and still made the links on November 3rd.
Thousands of California Republicans are active in their party, knocking on doors, registering voters, collecting absentee ballots from voters (i.e. ballot harvesting) so those voters don't even have to worry about finding a stamp, and working on Election Day. When it comes to partisan political activity, some tasks, such as running for office, require a lot of effort while other tasks, such as wearing a campaign button, require minimal effort.
Voting falls in the category of requiring "minimal effort." Yet, Jenner couldn't be bothered to show up to vote in one of the most consequential elections in the modern political era. Jenner makes the excuse that since California is heavily Democrat and the state's electoral votes most definitely were going to Biden, her vote as a Republican would not have mattered. But that ignores the fact that there are scores of other races on the ballot in which Republican candidates could have used her help.
I spent decades doing the grass roots work that my Republican Party needed to have done. To see someone like Jenner waltz in and demand to be taken seriously as a GOP gubernatorial candidate, without having ever lifted a finger to support the Republican Party, is insulting to those of us who worked for years in the trenches.
The 70-year old Jenner's claim to fame is winning Olympic gold medal in the decathlon in 1976, as Bruce Jenner, and then playing the step-father in the reality show "Keeping up with the Kardashians." Of course, Jenner's late-in-life sex change operation has also netted her considerable publicity.
I don't particularly care that Jenner went from being a he to a she. I do care though about people paying their dues in politics and that those who run for office be someone who has demonstrated an interest in government and a knowledge of how it works. On that score, Jenner earns a big fat zero.
Being a celebrity disinterested in politics doesn't make one qualified to be Governor.