Ex-eBay CEO to bid for Schwarzenegger's California job
What, no 'buy it now' option?
Former eBay boss Meg Whitman plans on running for governor of California when Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves the high-profile executive gig in 2010.
The billionaire Republican businesswoman confirmed speculation on her bid today by announcing she's forming an exploratory committee for the race. "Exploratory" is a bit of an understatement, however - she's also hired a team of more than 20 advisors, including several veterans from Schwarzenegger campaigns.
Present Republican governor Schwarzenegger faces his four-year term limit in 2010, leaving the door wide open for successors to one of the nation's most powerful governorships.
"California faces challenges unlike any other time in its history - a weak and faltering economy, massive job losses and an exploding state budget deficit," Whitman stated on her website. "California is better than this, and I refuse to stand by and watch it fail."
With the campaign slogan "A New California" former California Republican governor Pete Wilson will co-chair the campaign with Kevin McCarthy, the House chief deputy minority whip serving an advisory role.
Although she's never run for public office herself, Whitman served as national co-chair of John McCain's failed presidential bid last year. She's supported former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney before he lost the Republican primary to McCain.
Whitman's likely rivals for the Republican ticket are state insurance commissioner Steve Poizner, another wealthy ex-Silicon Valley executive and former congressman Tom Campbell, now an economic professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Whitman said in the coming weeks, through speeches in Silicon Valley, Orange County and at the California Republican Party Convention in Sacramento, she'll offer her vision for Golden State politics for 2010.
No word yet if campaign donations will be PayPal only. ®
Um there is another party....
No mention of potential candidates from the Democratic party?
Seems appropriate seeing how this is an overwhelming democratic state and they are MUCH more likely to win the election.....
Arnold only got in due to to a nutty recall election, and the fact that he is married to a Kennedy.
After Prop 8 and the financial debacles I doubt the GOP will win again.
"No word yet if campaign donations will be PayPal only. ®"
Probably go the way of the aging Clint Eastwood and play wise old trainer to the new generation of action heros. Who are all just nerds by the way. Too much introspection and Hamletesque prevarication and whatnot before they actually getting round to plugging any goons. Anyone compared the bodycount in recent movies to the old school? If I want to see an action film I want guns, muscles and more dead henchmen than I can shake a General Electric Minigun at. Blame Keanu Reeves I say.
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