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SACRAMENTO – California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner flew to Australia just two months before Governor Gavin Newsom was recalled.
A spokeswoman for Jenner’s campaign confirmed the trip abroad with POLITICO after Australian tabloids reported that she was in Sydney to appear on Big Brother VIP.
“I honor a work commitment I made before I even decided to run for governor. There is no break in this race to save CA!” Jenner said on twitter Friday.
Jenner’s spokeswoman said Friday that she will be back in time to fight on a “bus tour” across California before the competition on September 14th.
However, it is unclear how long Jenner will stay in Australia, which has imposed much stricter restrictions than California and the US, as the country tries to contain outbreaks due to the Delta variant. Sydney will remain closed until at least July 30th. Jenner’s arrival has angered some Australians, according to media reports, because the country has strictly limited the number of citizens who can return home due to Covid-19 concerns.
The former Olympian has railed against restrictions in California and made that argument part of her lawsuit against Newsom. “Draconic lockdowns didn’t work before and they won’t work now! When will the politicians get it ?! ”they said June 29 on Twitter about a mask recommendation for Los Angeles County.
Jenner took to Twitter to respond to questions about whether the trip meant she ended her application for governor. The trip could allegedly take a month due to quarantine regulations and records.
“My campaign team is fully committed, just like me. I’m in this race for victory for California because it’s worth fighting for.” said Jenner.
Friday is the deadline for candidates to file paperwork and tax returns to replace Newsom in the recall election. That list won’t be available until this weekend, a spokesman for the California Secretary of State said. Jenner submitted her nomination papers Thursday, according to Los Angeles County records.
Republican nominees include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, former Rep. Doug Ose, and Rep. Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin).
While Jenner may not have any name identification challenges that her competitors do, this is her first time running for office and she has held few press conferences or public events to date. Jenner has instead focused on national television appearances to appeal to voters.
Polls so far show that, despite criticism of its handling of the pandemic, Newsom has a good chance of beating the recall efforts. Republicans took up his call to make masks mandatory in schools this week and made it for them Return of a mask ordinance in Los Angeles County, how it wrestles with a tip in the Delta Virus variant.
Tara Palmeri contributed to this report.