Caitlyn Jenner says she might run for US Senate in California as a Republican – The Mercury News

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Senator Caitlyn Jenner?

The Olympic gold medalist and transgender rights activist is considering a run to be California’s next U.S. Senator, she said in a New York radio interview on Sunday.

“I have considered it,” Jenner said. “I like the political side of it.”

Jenner, a lifelong Republican, said she would decide whether to run in “the next six months or so.”

“I gotta find out where I can do a better job,” she said. “Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside? And we are in the process of determining that.”

The earliest Jenner could run would be 2018. Incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, hasn’t said whether she’s running for re-election, and no prominent Republicans have stepped up for the race so far.

Since she came out as transgender in 2015, Jenner — who previously made waves as decathlete and reality show star Bruce — has advocated for a more open and welcoming Republican Party.

She hasn’t held back from criticizing the GOP. “The perception of the Republican Party is that they’re all about rich white guys trying to make money,” she said in the interview. “We can change the perception of the Republican Party and make it the party of equality.” It was harder for her to come out as a Republican than come out as trans, she said in a speech at the 2016 Republican convention.

Jenner is a supporter of President Donald Trump, although she publicly objected to the president’s executive order dropping protections letting transgender students use the bathroom of their gender identity.

If she ran and won, Jenner would be the first openly transgender person to be elected to Congress.

She’d be the latest celebrity to run as a Republican in the state, following in the footsteps of movie stars and former governors Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.