March 24, 2008

REBUILDING THE BENCH:

An alliance that helps McCain -- and her: The presumptive GOP nominee stands to benefit from EBay CEO Meg Whitman's fundraising skills and ties to Silicon Valley. She is sizing up a run for California governor in 2010 (Maeve Reston, 3/24/08, Los Angeles Times)

As John McCain begins a three-day swing today through California -- one of the newest members of his campaign team, outgoing EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman, may draw much of the attention.

Whitman, a 51-year-old billionaire, according to Forbes magazine, is said to be considering a run for California governor in 2010 after getting her first taste of politics on the finance team of ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a former colleague at the consulting firm Bain & Co.

Whitman was coy about her own political aspirations in an interview Friday about her new role as national co-chairwoman of McCain's presidential campaign.

The initial speculation began after she met some "very influential and senior Republicans" and big donors while raising money for Romney, and some of those Republican heavyweights said, " 'You should think about this,' " she recalled.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2008 6:48 AM
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