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Ex-eBay CEO Launches Bid to Be First Female Governor of CA

Californians will have the chance to order their very own executive as governor in 2010. Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO, has announced her intention to run for the post. In her fight for bids votes, Whitman can tout her corporate experience and economic expertise, and she'll likely call on her personal fortune of about $1.4 billion to do so.

Meg got all political last year, supporting Mitt Romney for president and then serving as national cochair for John McCain. As CEO of eBay for 10 years, she helped the small startup grow at record pace.

If she beats out other contenders for the Republican nomination, she'll face whomever wins the Democrats' primary. Likely nominees on the left include San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, current attorney general and former governor Jerry Brown, or even Senator Dianne Feinstein. And if she manages to keep the governor seat in Republican hands, she would become California's first female governor.

Meg Whitman has no experience in public office. But considering the current climate, do you think a business background is more important?


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beavis667 beavis667 7 years
Woman governor of CA who happens to be a Republican? The Dems are shaking in their boots.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I think the current governor is a prime example of why we need someone with experience. I think she is qualified and seems like she would be a good pick.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
based on who the current gov is - i don't think that the state really requires someone to have political experience. just good sense to appoint the right people in key positions. i'd like to know more about her though, and hear about how she's looking to reform the state seeing as how they are in a dire situation with their economy and everything else that's going on internally.
skb9850 skb9850 7 years
More power to her. I don't think she will win, but she has every right to run.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 7 years
I say good for her. Girl Power. Does she have what it takes? I'm not in California, so that's not for me to decide!
stephley stephley 7 years
Considering the current political climate in California, her support for Prop 8 could matter a lot more than her business experience.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Good luck to her. May CA reap the benefit of her campaign (but I hope she loses).
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
did she buy that suit off of ebay in the 1991 vintage suit catagory?
stephley stephley 7 years
Oh God NO!!! Haven't we suffered enough?!?!?
stephley stephley 7 years
Oh God NO!!! Haven't we suffered enough?!?!?
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