“If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere” was not written about Palo Alto or Menlo Park or Redwood City.
And that is because even if you’re a rich tech executive, it doesn’t mean you can get people to vote for you. As we take a look at Facebook lawyer Chris Kelly’s campaign (yes, it’s a campaign) for attorney general, let’s remind ourselves of all the other political wannabes from Silicon Valley.
Steve Westly: Former eBay exec funded his campaign for state treasurer — and won! Not so lucky when it came to the governor’s race.
Steve Poizner: High-tech exec couldn’t buy himself an assembly seat, but later won insurance commish and is now considered a threat in the governor’s race, according to the S.F. Chron.
Meg Whitman: Former eBay CEO never liked to vote — or register, for that matter. Now that she’s rich and all washed up in business, she’s discovered a passion for politics and is running for governor.
Carly Fiorina: Former CEO of HP has what everyone calls the worst campaign Web site ever. She’s going for Barbara Boxer’s senate seat or some edgy marketing award.
So you’re in good company Mr. Kelly. Or at least really wealthy company.
— Zusha Elinson