Caitlyn Jenner’s next big hurdle could be a Senate run.
The Republican decathlete turned transgender advocate mulled over her political future Sunday — days after eternally fedora’d Kid Rock announced potential senatorial aspirations of his own.
“I have considered it. I like the political side of it,” Jenner told radio host John Catsimatidis on AM 970, responding to a rumor of her mulling a U.S. Senate bid in California. “The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me.”
Jenner’s “gotta find out where I can do a better job” over the next six months or so, she added.
“Can I do a better job from the outside? Kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to, you know, talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that,” she said. “And yeah, but I would look for a senatorial run.”
Sunday marked at least the second time in recent months that Jenner, who came out as transgender in a 2015 Diane Sawyer interview, has teased a political future.
“At first I thought I would never run for office. Why? ‘Cause I got way too many secrets,” she told CNN in late April. “Now I have no more secrets. They’re all out. I’ve got nothing the media (could) go crazy over because they know everything.”
“I would seriously look at it,” she added.
Jenner has struggled to reconcile her lifelong loyalty to the GOP — a party with sparse support for LGBT rights — with her newly minted status as a trans icon.
After famously offering last year to serve as conservative Ted Cruz’s “trans ambassador” and using the Trump Tower women’s bathroom at President Trump’s invitation, Jenner wound up voting for her fellow reality star.
She admitted last week to being “disappointed in a few ways” in Trump’s lack of advocacy as President thus far, but claimed to have sat down with administration officials to discuss LGBT issues.
“I’ve been to the Department of Education,” Jenner told “The View” last week. “I’ve been everywhere.”
If she does mount a Senate bid, Jenner has her share of political liabilities — most recently a tasteless quip about the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who remains in the hospital after gunfire erupted last month at a congressional baseball practice.
“Fortunately, the guy was a really bad shot — liberals can’t even shoot straight,” she said at the College Republican National Committee convention, also throwing sympathy to Scalise and his fellow shooting victims.
Jenner also faced legal snarls after she rear-ended a Lexus into the path of an oncoming Hummer in 2015, with 69-year-old Kim Howe dying at the scene and Jenner’s SUV barreling ahead to hit the back of a Prius.
Though Jenner was later cleared of any charges, she settled multiple lawsuits stemming from the fatal crash.
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