Ex-eBay CEO Weighs Run for Calif. Governor
Whitman's billions attract attention from Schwarzenegger's party
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2008 1:45 PM CST
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, accompanied by several state and local officials including state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, far left, and Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona, far right,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Meg Whitman, who is resigning as eBay’s CEO after 10 years, is considering running for governor of California as a Republican, the LA Times reports. Whitman became “fascinated” by politics while bundling donations for ex-colleague Mitt Romney, a source says, and some California Republicans like her executive chops and deep pockets.

"She brings very strong private sector experience to the table, and her involvement in politics gives her a potential base of support," says an ex-GOP consultant. Whitman’s billions could easily fund her campaign, but her scant political experience could be a liability. She also faces potential competition from fellow Silicon Valley billionaire Steve Poizner, the State insurance commissioner.