Departing Ebay Chief Considers Political Future
Could the Governator be succeeded by the Auctionator? That’s a possibility now that recently departed Ebay chief Meg Whitman is considering running for governor of California in 2010. The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Whitman, who has been raising funds for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has met with state Republican operatives about a run for the Sacramento statehouse.
While California is one of the nation’s most Democratic-leaning states, the state’s current governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a Republican. Schwarzenegger is unlikely to seek re-election in 2010, as he is rumored to be considering either a U.S. Senate run or a return to acting. Whitman’s business credentials and high net worth make her a potentially strong candidate; both San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have been mentioned as Democratic candidates.
Whitman stepped down from Ebay last week, retiring after almost exactly ten years at the helm of the online auction powerhouse.