CELEBS including Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Caitlyn Jenner and Golden Globe winner Randy Quaid could become California’s next Governor.
Who is in the running for California governor?
Critics of Newsom, who has served as governor since 2019, have reacted furiously to his shutdowns of the state.
The California secretary of state’s office said that more than 1.6million signatures had been deemed valid – about 100,000 more than needed to trigger just the second such election in the state’s history.
Arnie has predicted that about 100 candidates will enter the race for California’s highest office.
The action movie star was the 38th governor of the state of California.
Here are the political contenders so far:
Transgender activist Caitlyn, 71, confirmed she would be campaigning to become governor in her home state of California should incumbent Newsom be recalled.
She declared on Twitter: “I’m in.”
She added: “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.”
Caitlyn has already weighed into political rows, blasting Newsom for “releasing dangerous criminals” after a baby was allegedly killed by a man twice released from domestic abuse charges.
Her former nanny, Pam Behan, claimed the reality star had always dreamed of running for office.
But she is “unlikely” to get the public endorsement from the Kardashians, warns a source.
Caitlyn has also had a negative response from some celebs, including Alyssa Milano, who tweeted: “With all due respect, Caitlyn Jenner, you are running as a Republican?!
“Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO.”
Actor Randy Quaid, 70, said he was “seriously considering” a run for California governor.
He tweeted: “The prosecutorial corruption in California (esp Santa Barbara & the Bell scandal) is rampant; and I promise that if elected I will clean up the District Attorney Offices throughout the state.”
He then tweeted the hashtag: “RandyQuaid4CAGOV.”
And it’s not immediately clear what political party the star is affiliated with.
But, he was an outspoken supporter of former President Trump.
Randy was nominated for an Oscar for The Last Detail (1973) and won a Golden Globe for his performance as Lyndon Johnson in LBJ: The Early Years (1987)
Vanity Fair says the actor has appeared in more than 70 other films, including Independence Day (1996) and Brokeback Mountain (2005).
He has “worked with countless film industry legends,” including Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando.
But Randy is “probably best known for his over-the-top role as Cousin Eddie, Chevy Chase’s cousin-in-law in the Vacation comedies – something which irks him,” the magazine adds.
Ex-porn actor Mary Carey, 40, has also signaled her intention to run for Governor.
The former porn star – whose real name is Mary Cook – said she had “big plans for California”.
And she’s already trying to cash in on the election by flogging off busty versions of herself on everything from T-shirts to hooded sweatshirts and drawstring bags.
“It is time for someone with a new attitude from outside of mainstream politics to lead.
“I can promise you — it won’t take long before all Californians will be satisfied with my job performance,” she added in a statement.
Mary previously ran for office in 2003 when Gov. Gray Davis was recalled.
According to her pink-laden website, Los Angeles billboard queen Angelyne, 70, is also in the running.
She “became a sensation after 1984, when she began buying up billboard space throughout LA featuring illustrations and photos of herself in suggestive poses,” notes the Mail Online.
The Poland-born woman is known for her iconic pink Corvette in LA’s Los Feliz neighborhood.
She referred to the vehicle while talking up her political campaign to Los Angeles Magazine.
Angelyne, who also ran in 2003, said that one of her slogans is ‘Good Luck California’.
She added: “I’m this gorgeous blonde with big boobs… I’ve made a pathway for anyone who wants to run.
“If I win I promise that I will not sit in an office, I’ll still drive my car as the governor’s office on wheels.”
Republicans vying to replace Newsom include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 54.
His Twitter bio announces that he is a “candidate for California Governor” along with being a “husband and father”.
He has been busy on social media, promoting himself as the best person for the role.
For example, Kevin tweeted: “I’m the only candidate with experience reducing homelessness.”
And in response to the Covid pandemic, he said: “Our restaurants have been devastated by the pandemic. We must help them recover.”
Former gubernatorial candidate John Cox, 65, has also announced his intention to run, reports the Hill.
The Los Angeles Times says that little is known about Republican challenger businessman John Cox.
Newsom defeated him in the 2018 general election.
Former Congressman Doug Ose has also announced that he was running for governor.
The LA Times reports that the former Northern California Rep. is a Republican who left office in 2005.
He is Trump’s former acting director of national intelligence and ex-ambassador to Germany.
On August 18, Kevin Paffrath – a 29-year-old YouTube millionaire – lead some polls among potential replacement candidates in the California recall.
The real estate developer is running as a Democrat and says he’s giving the party an insurance policy if Newsom gets booted from office.
Paffrath has no background in politics; in fact, in 2020, he was focused on his YouTube channel where his half-million plus followers tuned in for his daily commentary on housing, stocks and stimulus checks.
In July 2021, conservative radio host Larry Elder announced he would be in the recall election.
Elder was the host of The Larry Elder Show, which airs on the LA radio station KABC from 1993 until 2008.
The 69-year-old said he was encouraged to run by fellow conservative talk-radio figure Dennis Prager.
When is the California governor vote?
In a recall election, voters would be asked two questions: First, should Newsom be recalled?
The second question would include a list of replacement candidates to choose from, but the results only would matter if most voters cast ballots to remove Newsom.
The recall election is scheduled for September 14, and Newsom holds a narrow advantage among likely voters.
If Newsom survives the recall, he will be up for reelection in 2022.