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.