Meg Whitman Not Interested In Running For Office Again

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.

Via The Wall Street Journal:

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.

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jane richmond
jane richmond6 years ago

Now let's get two good candidates for every office and give people a REAL choice.

Anne P.
Anne P6 years ago

One piece of good news! Thanks, Robin.

Blaise G.
Blaise G6 years ago


Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y6 years ago

Dommage, I was looking forward to her running against Senator Feinstein, a tough opponent if there ever was one.

With decades of experience on budget and foreign policy issues and 1st Chairwomam of the Senate Intelligence Cmt., our grande dame from San Fran. isn't about to roll over for anyone who doesn't know their stuff. Very few Senators can match her intellect and hard work and amongst likely opponents here, none.

Therese S.
Therese S6 years ago

Now if they will only let Governor Brown do his job...

Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y6 years ago

Don't worry about any politician's career; she has a corporate share at HP recently. Higher profile individuals should not waste our public time on their interest. BTW It applies to both parties.

Carole Duport
Carole D6 years ago

Thank goodness! Wait .... goodness had nothing to do with it. The right person won ....

Jan N.
Jan N6 years ago

Meg would rather be queen, anyway. Good thing that avenue is closed to her.

Too bad Florida wasn't smart enough to keep Rick Scott from buying his way in with a whopping 49% of the vote. Pathetic.

Sound Mind
Ronald E6 years ago

Kinda disappointing Meg isn't going to spend another fortune in a failed attempt to thrust her utter stupidity on the great state of CA! The media could use that infusion of stupid-assed campaign commercial ad money.

Carlene V.
Carlene V6 years ago

Anne J - Hope you don't live here in California, your type lost, big time! Yes, you did. Jerry Brown won and Whitman lost, even with her $150 million. People here saw right through her dirty politics, lies, voting record, and the way her past employees had been treated. Brown is just what is needed here and hope he will get rid of the "nanny sucking" repubs while he's in office.