Olympian and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner has expressed an interest in mounting a Senate campaign. The California conservative has joined the ranks of several other prominent celebrities eyeing a political bid in the wake of the election of President Donald Trump.
On July 16, Jenner signaled an interest in running for a California Senate seat in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.
“I have considered it,” Jenner told New York radio station AM 970. “I like the political side of it.”
In 2018, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California will be up for reelection. At 84, Feinstein has yet to signal whether she will retire from Congress or run for another term, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Jenner, who came out as transgender in 2015, asserted that transgender rights would be her driving issue and that she would aim to transform the Republican Party’s relationship with the LGBTQ community.
“In the United States, the perception of the Democrats is they’re pro-equality, pro-LGBT, and the perception of the Republicans is that they’re all about rich white guys trying to make money,” Jenner said. “I hope to change the perception of the Republican Party and make it the party of equality. If you can do that, if you can be socially aware of what’s going on, but conservative economically, that’s the way to go.”
The Olympian asserted that if the GOP became more socially progressive, its electoral prospects would be “unstoppable.”
Jenner’s senatorial ambitions would face an uphill climb in California, an overwhelmingly blue state. The transgender activist previously lamented that it was harder for her peers to accept her conservative leanings than her gender identity.
“It was easy to come out as trans,” Jenner said during the Republican National Convention in July 2016, according to Fortune. “It was hard to come out as Republican.”
Several other celebrities have also expressed an interest in running for office. On July 12, musician Kid Rock confirmed that a website touting a potential Michigan Senate bid was authentic, CNN reports.
“The answer is an absolute YES,” Kid Rock tweeted out. “I will have a major announcement in the near future.”
On May 10, former pro-wrestler and blockbuster actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson signaled an interest in running for the presidency in 2020.
“I think that it’s a real possibility,” Johnson told GQ.
“Personally, I feel that if I were president, poise would be important,” Johnson continued. “Leadership would be important. Taking responsibility for everybody. … I’d like to see a better leadership.”