Sources at Politico are reporting that Silicon Valley tech giant, Peter Thiel, is considering a bid for Governor of California.
Thiel is the founder of PayPal, the owner of Palantir, and was an early financial backer of Facebook. He broke away from many of his tech colleagues when he came out in support for Donald Trump last year.
Criticism and backlash from the LGBTQ community came shortly after Thiel, who is gay, publicly announced his support of the President-elect.
In an article for The Advocate, Connecticut College professor Jim Downs postulates that there is more to being gay “than just having sex with someone of the same gender” and that Thiel has proven he is not gay because of his support of President-elect Trump.
President-elect tapped Thiel as his recent technology and innovation advisor and leveraged Thiel’s influence in Silicon Valley to assemble a powerful consortium of tech industry heads at a Trump Tower meeting on December 14.
Though the Silicon Valley billionaire has yet to publicly state his intentions to run, advisors close to Thiel say he has yet to rule it out. Also fueling speculation of a political bid was the usually-private Thiel’s agreement to an extensive interview with the New York Times.
Thiel faces an uphill battle if he does decide to run, as California is a heavily liberal-leaning state. Hillary Clinton won the state handily with 61% of the vote in November’s presidential election.
Adding further speculation to the idea of a gubernatorial bid, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who sources have connected to Thiel, tweeted the Politico story detailing Thiel’s desire to run.
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) January 15, 2017
With President-elect Trump’s bold agenda for the country shifting from thought to reality in under a week, Thiel’s candidacy would be a welcome sight for many Republicans in the political and tech arena.