CAITLYN Jenner's former nanny has claimed the reality star had always dreamed of running for office.
Transgender activist Caitlyn, 71, announced last week that she will be campaigning to become governor in her home state of California if incumbent Gavin Newsom is recalled.
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Former nanny Pam Behan, who spent eight years working for Caitlyn in the 1990s, exclusively told The Sun that the news came as no surprise because she was always a political obsessive.
Pam, 52, who now works as a financial advisor and lives in Aberdeen, South Dakota, said: “I’m really rooting for Caitlyn and I hope she wins because I know that this has been a dream for a long time.
“Caitlyn always followed politics very closely so the announcement did not come as a shock to me at all.
“She would always comment on what politicians were doing and she watched the news all the time.”
Pam started working for Olympic champion Caitlyn and her ex-wife Kris in 1991 and wrote about her experiences in the tell-all memoir Malibu Nanny.
She lost contact with her former employer after Caitlyn came out as a transgender in 2015 but still considers her a friend.
Former decathlete and longtime Republican Caitlyn has joined a growing list of candidates who are hoping to replace Democrat Newsom if he is recalled in the midst of his first term as Governor of the nation’s most populous state.
The campaign to oust Newsom has gathered steam amid growing anger at his handling of the Covid pandemic and a multibillion-dollar fraud scandal at the state unemployment agency.
Californians were particularly enraged after he was pictured dining out with friends and lobbyists at an upmarket San Francisco Bay Area restaurant last fall while telling residents to stay home for safety.
Campaigners are now thought to have sufficient petition signatures to force the recall election, which will likely take place later this year.
Asked what Caitlyn would bring to the high-powered role if she were to win, mom-of-one Pam said: “Caitlyn is definitely someone who has always had leadership qualities.
“She is just incredibly positive and encouraging. I’ve always said, if you spent five or 10 minutes with her you would see why she won at the Olympics."
“She is just a very determined person who has the mindset that if you want to do something, you just put your mind to it and you can do it.
“That personality was always very infectious and she made you feel that same way."
Pam went on: “For example, I was 19 when I started working with Caitlyn and her family and I was very intimidated about going to school at Pepperdine University, to the point where I was not sure if I was going to go.
“Caitlyn talked me into it and said ‘Well, of course you can, just go audition and try out for a scholarship, see what they say’. And I got it. She made it sound that easy and, you know, really it was."
She added: "I'm friends with her son Brandon Jenner and Brandon always wanted to fly like Caitlyn.
“Very recently Brandon got his own pilot's license and took Caitlyn flying. That’s just another example of how influential Caitlyn is, she’s the kind of person that people want to be like.”
Announcing her candidacy last Friday, Caitlyn called herself an outsider and “a proven winner” and the only candidate “who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor.”
The team advising her includes Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale and Republican fundraiser Caroline Wren, who also worked for Trump's campaign.
Caitlyn is likely to face questions over a four-car crash she was involved in while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu in 2015, which lead to the death of a 69-year-old woman.
Prosecutors decided not to charge Caitlyn with vehicular manslaughter but she settled several civil lawsuits filed against her by survivors of the crash and relatives of the woman who died.
Asked whether she thinks the fallout from the incident would affect Caitlyn’s campaign, Pam said: “There's always going to be naysayers and those who have to pick out the negatives.
“You have to expect that, but Caitlyn’s an overcomer and she’s just got to go on and not let those things hold her back. We all make mistakes.”
The Sun exclusively revealed that Kim will not be endorsing Caitlyn's campaign as it's "bad for business".
While her sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kendall plan to “follow suit,” Kylie Jenner is still “on the fence,” as she has maintained the closest relationship with her dad, a source revealed.
The insider said: “Kylie does not want to let her dad down as they’ve always had the closest relationship but she does not agree with her politics.
“While Kylie wants to be supportive, none of the sisters feel comfortable endorsing Caitlyn and are especially hesitant after Kanye’s disastrous presidential run."
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