"As we move to swiftly decarbonize our transportation sector and create a healthier future for our children, I've made it clear I don't see a role for fracking in that future and, similarly, believe that California needs to move beyond oil".
But the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality California said it would oppose her candidacy, citing her ties to Trump and Republicans who have sought to undercut transgender rights around the nation.
Jenner - an Olympic hero, reality TV personality and longtime Republican - announced "I'm in" on Twitter, joining a growing list of candidates seeking to oust Newsom from office. The recall against Newsom is being pushed by Republican figures like Jenner; the GOP is a almost powerless minority in California, the nation's most populous state.
Caitlyn Jenner attended the 60th Anniversary party for the Monte-Carlo TV Festival at Sunset Tower Hotel on February 05, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. Several other Republicans have also announced plans to run. However, she brings an abundance of questions about her ability to potentially lead the nation's most populous state. Instead, in her written statement, she referred only vaguely to cutting taxes, a "roadmap back to prosperity" and taking on special interests.
Jenner's entry into the race comes as te rights of trans communities comes under attack from more than 30 state legislatures, but those fights were not a conversation topic in the announcement of Jenner's campaign beyond a mention of her "helping advance the movement for equality".
"Voters want leaders who will deliver results for their communities, no matter who they are", Heng-Lehtinen said.
"This is Gavin Newsom's California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends". California also is likely to be the recipient of billions of dollars of federal recovery funds, which Newsom will dispense and could use to his political advantage.
"Certainly she has not seen eye-to-eye with [Trump] on a lot of things", one adviser said.
Jenner supported Trump in 2016 but later criticized his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms.
"I do not support Trump", she wrote.
Jenner, a Republican, is being backed by a campaign team that includes Trump campaign veterans, including pollster Tony Fabrizio, the former president's pollster, according to Axios.
Newsom advisor Nathan Click added in a follow-up statement to Fox News: "We always knew the Republican recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump supporters, which only reinforces how much Californians appreciate Governor's Newsom's competent compassionate experienced leadership during an unprecedented series of crises".