Is Caitlyn Jenner running for office? One year ago, Gossip Cop investigated a tabloid report claiming she wanted to be ‚Äúmayor of Malibu.‚ÄĚ But the transgender star has still yet to enter any election. Time has proven our debunking was correct.
On May 15, 2017, we called out In Touch for falsely alleging Jenner was contemplating ‚Äúrunning for office in Malibu.‚ÄĚ A so-called ‚Äúsource‚ÄĚ cited by the gossip magazine claimed the former Olympian wanted to ‚Äújuggle‚ÄĚ advocacy for the LGBTQ community with the ‚Äústate of affairs‚ÄĚ in California. It was specifically asserted she wanted to start that process ‚Äúby becoming mayor‚ÄĚ of Malibu, where she resides. The story went on to claim Jenner thought she‚Äôd be elected easily because the city is ‚Äúpretty progressive,‚ÄĚ and she supposedly had sheer determination in her corner. ‚ÄúWhen Caitlyn sets her mind to something, she makes it happen,‚ÄĚ maintained the outlet‚Äôs purported tipster.
The narrative was seemingly inspired by comments Jenner made about potentially running for office a few weeks prior. Speaking at an event where she was promoting her memoir, she acknowledged that people over the years had encouraged her to seek elected office, but she was currently unsure whether she‚Äôd best aid her community as a government insider or outsider. ‚ÄúI would seriously look at a run. It just depends where I could be more effective,‚ÄĚ she said. The ‚ÄúI Am Cait‚ÄĚ star did not name a specific post and gave no timeline for making any kind of a decision.
But the tabloid apparently decided to build a storyline with its contentions about Jenner wanting to become ‚Äúmayor of Malibu.‚ÄĚ When Gossip Cop investigated, however, her spokesperson confirmed exclusively to us that the tale was ‚Äúinaccurate.‚ÄĚ We were assured the reality star had no plans to run for office at that time. Now 365 days have gone by, and it‚Äôs clear our reporting was correct. Jenner never partook in any city election, and in February of 2018, Rick Mullen was sworn in as Malibu‚Äôs new mayor. Per local rules, he was appointed after joining the City Council.
And far from running for mayor, a few months after our debunking Jenner addressed potentially running for the U.S. Senate. But she expressed the same uncertainty, questioning, ‚ÄúCan I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene‚Ä¶ Or are you better off from the inside?‚ÄĚ She added, ‚ÄúWe are in the process of determining that.‚ÄĚ
Still, no firm moves have been made. More recently, just last week Jenner spoke in front of the UK‚Äôs Parliament, where she lamented that the Trump administration has set back the transgender community ‚Äú20 years.‚ÄĚ Whether Jenner will try to rectify that by one day throwing her hat into the political ring remains to be seen. But to date, she has not run for any political office, and certainly didn‚Äôt try to become the mayor of Malibu 12 months ago.
Landers, Elizabeth. ‚ÄúCaitlyn Jenner: ‘I Would Seriously Look at a Run’ for Office.‚ÄĚ CNN, 25 Apr. 2017.
Shuster, Andrew. ‚ÄúCaitlyn Jenner ‚ÄėMayor Of Malibu‚Äô Story Is Fake News.‚ÄĚ Gossip Cop, 15 May 2017.
Spokesperson for Caitlyn Jenner. 15 May 2017.
Sawicki, Emily. ‚ÄúRick Mullen Sworn in as Mayor of Malibu.‚ÄĚ Malibu Times, 14 Feb. 2018.
Mehta, Seema. ‚ÄúCaitlyn Jenner Considering a Bid for U.S. Senate in California.‚ÄĚ Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2017.
Spargo, Chris. ‚ÄúCaitlyn Jenner Declares That President Trump Has Set Back the Transgender Community by 20 Years with His Military Ban and Anti-LGBT Policies.‚ÄĚ Daily Mail Online, 10 May 2018.