SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Caitlyn Jenner wants to be governor of California, but she agreed to vote on some of the state’s most critical issues last year, from workers’ rights to taxes and affordable housing to positive action. Or did she do it?
In the latest example of muddled messages in Jenner’s fledgling campaign, she told CNN in an interview aired Tuesday that she did not vote in 2020 – for the president or the downward voting measures.
But Los Angeles County voter records, first reported by Politico, show she voted.
“It was voting day and I thought the only thing that worries me here in California that affects people is the proposals that were there,” Jenner said. “And I didn’t see any offers that I really had on one side or the other. And so it was election day and I just couldn’t get excited about it.
Jenner said she wanted to play golf instead.
A campaign adviser said Wednesday that Jenner had voted by mail on “certain local issues.” The campaign did not respond to follow-up questions about whether that meant it had voted on state proposals.
Malibu, where Jenner lives, held elections for city council, school board and a voting measure to raise hotel taxes. These questions were on the same ballot as the state proposals and the presidential race, and all Californians received a mail-in ballot.
Jenner’s apparent confusion over whether she voted and admits she had no inclinations for proposals – even those dealing with taxes, one of her signature issues – comes as the political neophyte tries to push through convince people that she is ready to be a governor.
Jenner is among the candidates looking to overthrow Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election slated for this fall.
The 71-year-old former Olympian and reality TV star announced her candidacy last month. The first few weeks were tough, with Jenner appearing to have limited knowledge of state issues during interviews and lacking specific policy plans. She suggested in a late April tweet that the governor appoint district attorneys, who are actually elected by voters, which drew mockery from California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu.
“She’s at the stage of her campaign where she really needs to make headway and convince people that she’s a legitimate candidate, and showing that kind of ignorance of the process doesn’t help that,” Kim said. . Nalder, professor of political science and director of the Informed Electorate Project at California State University, Sacramento.
Last fall, Californians were asked to vote on a series of important voting measures relating to criminal justice reform, jobs and the economy, housing and other critical issues on which a governor must s ‘to hire.
The proposals are often among the costliest campaigns, and a move to exempt companies like Uber and Lyft from classifying their employees as employees generated more than $ 100 million in spending.
“Voters, for the most part, take this very seriously and do their homework,” Nalder said.
Jenner’s claim that she did not vote in the presidential contest between former President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden is perhaps less consistent. Jenner previously backed Trump but broke with him over his administration’s stance on transgender issues. Jenner came out publicly as a woman in 2015. She hired several former Trump aides as campaign advisers.
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