Some Democratic strategists believe Caitlyn Jenner’s candidacy for governor in the upcoming recall election could prove a win for sitting Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Jenner’s decision to stock her campaign full of Trump-era advisors, like former campaign manager Brad Parscale, could tip the scales in Newsom’s direction, Democratic operatives told Vanity Fair for a report published Wednesday.
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Newsom’s recall effort has been compared to the state’s previous recall election, which saw the ousting of Gray Davis after Arnold Schwarzenegger won in 2003.
But some political strategists believe Republicans do not have the same shot this time around.
“People hated Gray Davis at the time, mostly because of the energy crisis and the rolling blackouts,” San Francisco Democratic consultant Katie Merrill told Vanity Fair. “Newsom, despite the pandemic and all the challenges, remains very popular.”
A poll released in late March f
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