Former Ambassador to Germany and former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard “Ric” Grenell announced that he would not be running for Governor in the upcoming recall election, ending months of speculation a little over 24 hours before the deadline to declare is candidacy.
Grenell, who is the first openly gay person to ever hold a cabinet position, noted on Fox News Thursday that while he would not be running for Governor in 2021, but he will continue to fight Gov. Gavin Newsom in California. The Palm Springs resident did not say anything about a future run against Governor Gavin Newsom, such as next year’s Gubernatorial race.
“The deadline is tomorrow, and I’ve made a decision not to run,” said Grenell to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday. “I want to remain available to push forward former President Donald Trump’s America First agenda, and I want to prioritize structural change in California because we are headed in the wrong direction.”
Grenell’s group, Fix California, which prioritizes fair elections, registering more voters, and promoting fixes for many California-specific issues such as environmental concerns and stopping rolling blackouts in the state, has been a main focus for Grenell since it’s creation in April.
His departure as a candidate still leaves many prominent California Republicans in the recall race for Governor should Newsom get enough votes to leave office. As of Friday morning, only hours before the recall candidate deadline is up, prominent Republicans running include 2018 GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox, radio talk show host Larry Elder, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former California legislator and current Board of Equalization member Ted Gaines, former Olympian and reality show star Caitlyn Jenner, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), and Congressman Doug Ose.