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Tracking For 2020: Goodness. It may not seem like it, but go look at your calendar.
The last presidential election was less than a year ago. Based on the Donald Trump Era’s first seven months, for many, the 2020 election can’t come soon enough. And even though President Trump has more than three years to go before he faces the voting public, getting ready for re-election is already a full-time gig for our nation’s chief executive.
In planning for 2020, the Trump camp is already said to be listing and tracking who could end up being the Democratic party’s next presidential candidate. Some of the usual suspects such as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, from Massachusetts, are there, along with some others whose names might not be as well-known to the general public (Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio) or who are very well-known, but might be a surprise to many (former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz).
But, no matter who Team Trump tracks, there is one name that keeps coming up that seems to get more attention than others. And so far, this is a guy who has said he isn’t going to run for president, and who, if the election were held today, wouldn’t even be old enough to run: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
As many know already, Zuckerberg has been criss-crossing the country this year in an effort to visit all 50 states. (Although, with a 700-acre compound on Kauai, I don’t know why he would go anywhere else). Zuckerberg is making this journey to get a feel for how people are doing, and working, outside of Facebook’s Silicon Valley neighborhood. As part of his trip, Zuckerberg has joined some workers, such as when he visited the factory floor at a Ford facility in Michigan and helped put together some F-150 trucks.
Maybe we’re jaded, because no matter what Zuckerberg says about how his 50-state adventure isn’t meant to test the waters for a possible presidential run, it’s hard to see what Zuckerberg is doing and not think, even if just for a moment, that he might just be setting the stage for a “Zuck in 2020” campaign.
Apparently, Trump’s camp thinks enough of Zuck to have included him and his travels on its list of potential opponents to watch for the next presidential campaign contest. Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan recently hired former Hillary Clinton pollster Joel Benenson’s consultancy, Benenson Strategy Group, for a project with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. That only added to speculation that Zuckerberg might be putting more feelers out regarding a possible presidential campaign.
Zuckerberg bringing in the business of a one-time top adviser to “Crooked Hillary” may have been the final straw for the Trump campaign to put the Facebook boss on its list of rivals to watch for the next election in three years.
Will Zuckerberg actually run for president? He will be 37 in 2020 and old enough to run, so the age factor won’t be an issue. (He’ll also be half the age of President Trump.) With a net worth of approximately $69 billion, Zuckerberg could, in theory at least, finance a whole campaign out of the change that’s between his sofa cushions. But, even with all the headaches that can come with running one of the world’s most-popular public companies, Zuckerberg would have to weigh if that’s better, or worse, than dealing with the headaches of running a country of 330 million people, half of whom at any given time pretty much hate the job you are doing.
President Trump is finding out how that feels right now. And the thought of Zuckerberg getting in on the Democratic party campaign circus in three years is probably only adding to the president’s headaches.
Green Growing Pains: California is definitely among the leading states when it comes to exploring and promoting the use of green technologies. But, the state’s efforts to reach goals for cutting greenhouse gases may be headed for some speed bumps due to an economy that continues to boom and a housing market defined by skyrocketing prices and a quantity of homes that isn’t matching buyers’ demands.
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A Shift at Chevron?: With all the Apples, Facebooks and Teslas in the Bay Area, it’s possible that one could forget that one of the biggest oil, gas and refining companies in America is based right here: Chevron. And, according to new reports, Chevron’s top boss, CEO John Watson, is close to stepping down from the company and could be replaced by someone who has a stronger background in the refining industry.
Quote of the Day: “We don’t want them to travel here.” –Tom Phung, co-owner of Golden House Restaurant in San Jose. The “them” that Phung was talking about were rats that have invaded an empty grocery store near his business.
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