Richard Grenell, the gay Trump administration cabinet member, has decided not to enter the California recall election.

On Thursday Grenell told Fox News host Sean Hannity he declined to seek the governorship in order to continue to “push forward this America First agenda.”

“It’s a very important agenda, I think now more than ever,” Grenell said.

Grenell was Donald Trump’s acting director of national intelligence and served overseas as ambassador to Germany and special presidential envoy for Serbia and Kosovo peace talks. He told Hannity structural change is needed to turn California around. Grenell’s vehicle for change is a nonprofit called Fix California which aims to update voter rolls.

Grenell, 54, who lives in Rancho Mirage, California with his partner Matt Lashley, said he wants to do to California what Stacey Abrams has done in Georgia.

“It’s gonna take a while but we’ve got to make these structural changes,” Grenell said. “I think that the voters in California realize that California has gone off the cliff.”

Socialism, Grenell said, is the root cause of California’s problems. The state’s current Governor Gavin Newsom faces a recall election on Sept. 14. A majority of yes votes will oust Newsom from office. Whoever wins the most votes on the next question will replace Newsom in Sacramento. More than 80 people have expressed interest, including transgender reality television star Caitlyn Jenner.


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