After 46 percent of America's electorate decided a reality show television host was qualified to run the most powerful country on the planet, it's hard to argue other celebrities shouldn't get involved in politics. The latest person to step up to the plate is Caitlyn Jenner, who told a New York radio host she is considering a run for the Senate.
Jenner, an admitted Republican despite the party's open history of pushing back against LGBT advocates, told John Catsimatidis on AM 970 that she is absolutely considering getting more involved politically.
"I have considered it, I like the political side of it," she said of a potential run for a Senate seat in California. "The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me. Over the next six months or so, I [have to] find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside. And we are in the process of determining that."
According to Jenner, a big focus of her campaign would be an attempt to merge more progressive values on LGBT issues alongside the general Republican platform. As she sees it, there's a need to dispel a certain image of the Republican party.
"The perception of the Republican party is that they're all about rich white guys trying to make money," she said. "I would hope in the next generation that we can change the perception of the Republican party, and make it the party of equality."
Jenner running probably won't change the broader perception of the party amongst LGBT voters; only 21 percent of polled LGBT Americans lean Republican or identity as Republican. And even if she does become an advocate for the demographic in general, it's unlikely she'll sway the minds of her harshest critics. Following her support of politicians like Ted Cruz—who has been rebuked for his regressive LGBT policies and beliefs—Jenner's politics have been called "breathtakingly clueless" in some LGBT circles.
If she does decide to run, Jenner will join a growing number of celebrities interested in public office. Following previous speculation about his interest, singer Kid Rock publicly declared he is gearing up to run for a Senate seat.
If the stars align and runs from Jenner and Kid Rock are successful, perhaps we'll see them serve under President Dwayne Johnson, who has done nothing to quell rumors he could run for President in 2020. But before Jenner gears up to represent millions of constituents, she may want to work to get back on speaking terms with members of her own family.