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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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