Caitlyn Jenner has revealed that she is considering running for a seat in the United States Senate from California on a Republican ticket, in a bid to promote transgender issues.
She made this revelation during a radio interview with talk show host John Catsimatidis on Sunday. Jenner said she believes the best thing the Republican party can do is to do a better job with LGBT issues. She further stated that she wants to put LGBT issues on the agenda which is why she could consider a career in politics.
In a previous interview with BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire, Jenner said she had been “really upset” by some of President Donald Trump’s policies on the LGBT community. The popular transgender said she already does a lot of political stuff but it’s mostly behind the scene and she was investigating whether she could do more good as an elected official or work to enact change from the outside.
She said: “I like the political side of it. I work very closely with a group called the American Unity Fund whose mission statement is to get the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to all LGBT issues. That’s my issue… I’m obviously more on the T portion of the LGBT and I want people to understand that. But the political side of it has always been very intriguing to me.”
She added: “Can I do a better job on 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.”
If Jenner goes ahead to run for a seat in the Senate from California, she will be up against incumbent Democratic California Senator Dianne Feinstein. At 84, Dianne Feinstein is the nation’s oldest senator. She has been a senator since 1992 and is up for re-election next year.