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The Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel may be giving consideration to a run for the Governorship of California in 2018, say three Republicans familiar with his thinking.
The Paypal co-founder, who was also an early investor in the social media site Facebook, has been discussing a prospective bid for the aforementioned office with a small circle of advisers, including Rob Morrow, who has emerged as his political consigliere, reports Politico.
While some people who are close to Thiel feel unsure about his entering the race, mentioning that the 49 -year-old is a deeply private person, and the California is hostile territory for Republicans, especially pro-Trump Republicans. Despite their skepticism, they added that is is odd that Thiel has not yet dismissed the bid, and those around him are still actively discussing it, says Politico.
Thiel has recently added to the speculation as it was only earlier this week when he raised some eyebrows over what Politico calls a rare interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd.
In the NYT interview, Thiel discussed his world view and explained why he was was all in for President-elect Donald Trump.
Politico explained that neither Thiel nor a representative returned their request for comment on the rumors.
Peter Thiel for Governor would be a great thing for liberty-minded citizens of CA, even though he has been a vocal Trump supporter.
Thiel throughout his history has been critical of foreign wars, the national debt, and large amounts of government spending.
If Thiel were to run he would not have to face an incumbent as current Governor Jerry Brown will be termed out. What Thiel would face is a tremendous cost to run the potential campaign, which Politico estimates could cost close to $100 million.
Thiel would also not be the only potential billionaire in the race, as environmentalist Tom Steyer is also rumored to be interested.
There are already 3 powerful Democrats who have begun to campaign, including former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and state Treasurer John Chiang.
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