images-11.thumbnail.jpgFormer eBay CEO Meg Whitman is set to announce her bid for California governor, per an interview she did this weekend with BettyConfidential.com. The move has been rumored over the past month as the one-time Romney suporter turned-advisor to John McCain–who garnered a prime speaking spot at the 2008 GOP convention–resigned last month from the boards of eBay, Procter & Gamble and DreamWorks Animation.

 At the time she removed herself from the boards, San Jose Mercury News reported an anonymous source to the Prop-8 supporting, anti-tax crusader Whitman:

called the moves "a clear signal" that she is running for governor and does not want "her corporate activities to interfere."

The source asked not to be named because Whitman, 52, wants to make a formal announcement in four to six weeks. But he added that Whitman, who has been openly considering a run for months, made her final decision after consulting with her family over the holidays.

BettyConfidential.com’s Deborah Perry Piscione commented:

She realizes her greatest strength is her knowledge of the economy and her strong business background," Piscione said. "She is very realistic and down-to-earth. She wants to help in practical ways to solve the problems real people are having right now."

 Two weeks ago former Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim told the Los Angeles Times:

I’ve heard from others that Meg may have an interest in running for office someday;We have many excellent potential candidates and I think Meg could be one of those candidates, and I hope she seriously considers it.

In 2007 Forbes estimated Whitman’s net worth at $1.4 billion.

Whitman’s main opposition in the Republican field is California’s insurance commissioner, billionaire Steve Poizner. Currently San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom (who has over 25,000 Facebook friends) and the state’s Attonery General–and former governor–Jerry Brown (weighing in with only 1007 Facebook friends) are frontrunners for the Democratic nomination.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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