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(Silicon) Valley Girls . . . and Boys

Thursday, May 6, 2010

If Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina emerge at the top of the California Republican ticket, you can expect more stories like this one in the San Jose Mercury News — about Silicon Valley’s formal arrival in state politics.

The piece mentions two SV candidate who don’t get much ink — Chris Kelly, a tech attorney and former Facebook executive now running in the Democrats’ AG primary, and clean-tech venture capitalist Josh Becker, who’s running in 21st Assembly District (the same seat Steve Poizner sought in 2004).

And it tries to answer: why the influx in entrepreneurial candidates from south of San Francisco?

Are they driven by their revulsion to the state’s reckless spending? Is is simply a case of wealthy people with the kind of money that makes a political campaign possible?

Here’s my theory: look at age and hyper-ambitious personalities.

Continue reading Bill Whalen at his blog Politi-Cal…