EXCLUSIVE: Republican candidate for governor Caitlyn Jenner takes heat on her trip to Australia with less than two months before California 's recalls the election of the besieged Democrats Gouv. Gavin Newsom .
But the 1976 Olympic , gold medalist decathlete turned transgender rights activist and nationally recognized television personality, defends her trip, saying in a Thursday exclusive interview Iam not like most politicians, i honor my contract. "
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Jenner spoke by phone from Australia, during a visit her campaign described as a work obligation. This would neither confirm nor deny that the candidate had traveled to Australia for a deal lucrative in order to appear on the reality show "Big Brother VIP.
"Got this in the books, this show I'm doing here in Australia , for months and months, "Jenner explained.
Caitlyn Jenner, Republican candidate for California governor, speaks during the a press conference on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Sacramento, Calif. Jenner said she was a serious contender and claimed shewas leading the pack of Republican candidates, although no independent poll has shown this. . (AP Photo / Noah Berger) (AP)
Jenner was criticized for traveling to Australia earlier this month while that over 30,000 Australians cannot return home due to the COVID lockdown restrictions - and for leaving California as the recall campaign comes to an end.
But Jenner pointed out that "I 've got more work (campaign ) performed here only at home because I have no distractions. It's actually very good… since this pandemic we've learned that you can work remotely and do a lot of things. "
And referring to her campaign team, she said that "everyone in California continues to work.
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Jenner pointed out that she would be back in California at least a week before the ballots were sent out in the Golden State voters' recall election in mid- August.
"I'll be back, and our bu The tour will begin, and for next month we'll be talking to people " said Jenner, highlighting a bus tour throughout. state her campaign announced earlier this week.
Jenner says she is launching her bus tour of the Los Angeles beach community in Venice to address the homeless crisis. shelter and increased gun violence "due to failed Gavin Newsom policies.
"Our first stop will be Venice Beach. We want to talk to law enforcement there, community leaders and Venice sort ofthe epicenter of the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, "she said. " We will discuss with them what is going on there and especially how we can fix it. We must take back and regulate our public spaces. This is not working right now. "