Someone is going to have to run against Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in the 2012 election. But whoever does run, it’s not going to be Meg Whitman, who appears to have burnt out on campaigns after her unsuccessful bid for governor.
Meg Whitman, former eBay CEO and the unsuccessful 2010 Republican candidate for California governor, said she is “definitely not” considering a Senate bid in 2012, though she wants to find ways to shape public policy.
“I want to stay involved in public policy,” Ms. Whitman said in an interview Friday evening. “Now I see things in a way that I had not prior to running for public office,” she said.
Ms. Whitman, who was CEO of the online-auction company for a decade until 2008, said that she likely will campaign for Republican Mitt Romney in the next presidential race. She also said she will continue to serve on the boards of several organizations, including the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, which hosted a conference Friday where she moderated a panel discussion on the nation’s long-term fiscal outlook.
Whitman, who lost the governor’s race to Jerry Brown, spent about $150 million on her campaign, which came down to approximately $50 a vote.