OAKLAND – Fox News presenter Sean Hannity is heading to Malibu this week for the first major televised appearance by GOP Gov. Caitlin Jenner since announcing last month that he will participate in the retirement in California.
Hannity’s event with Jenner is planned as a “town hall” event, which will be held in front of a live audience in a city in Southern California, confirm sources close to the campaign.
The event is closed to the media and the public, although some California CSO believers receive invitations to the session. The event will air at 6pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, the time for Hannity’s regular night show.
GOP strategist Tim Rosales said Jenner’s sitting with Hannity, one of the most influential figures on the right, gave her an invaluable opportunity to reach a loyal GOP audience with her message for the first time. But it comes with pressure “to self-determine in front of Republican voters in California,” he said.
While Jenner is likely to focus on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsum, she must also compete with three more experienced Republican candidates so far, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Folconer, businessman John Cox and former MP Doug Oze.
The California recall format will ask voters two questions: first, do they want to recall Newsom; and second, who they want to replace it with if the download succeeds. The winner can come out with a relatively small number of votes if enough candidates split their support – and if voters want to oust the Democratic governor.
“The fact is that with so many candidates, there could be 20 percent or 25 percent of the vote, which is actually the deciding factor,” to beat Newsom, Rosales said. “She has to set herself in some base – and I think that’s her opportunity to do that.”
Still, one of the biggest challenges for Jenner – and for all Republican candidates – is that Newsom poll numbers are running out as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, Rosales said.
While Hannity is likely to step up criticism of the Democratic governor, Jenner will have to fill in the gaps on Wednesday when it comes to her positions in governing the world’s fifth-largest economy.