Mark Zuckerberg hired a presidential pollster and everyone's freaking out
- Author: Rogelio Becker Aug 04, 2017,
Aug 04, 2017, 0:18
But news from Politico-that Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, reportedly hired Democratic pollster Joel Benenson, a former adviser to Barack Obama-has ignited a new wave of rumors. He also hired David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign chair, to help his charity, and will turn 35-the minimum required age to run for president-in 2019.
While touring the country and asking people he "randomly" meets to not tell the media that he has presidential ambitions, Zuckerberg has been described as a "robot" and "alien".
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have pledged to donate 99 percent of their net worth - which now sits at $45 billion - to charity. Tim Kaine. Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush's 2004 reelection campaign, is also on the charity's board. And earlier this year, they brought on Amy Dudley who previously worked as a communications adviser to Virginia Democratic Sen.
Benenson did not respond to a request for comment. So far he has road tripped through Iowa, the first state to caucus in the primaries, and also visited Dayton, Ohio, and a Ford assembly plant outside Detroit, both viewed as key campaign stops. "Some of you have asked if this challenge means I'm running for public office", he wrote on his Facebook page in May. The influx of Facebook cash, however, didn't generate the desired results, and the gift became a nationally-recognized failure of good intentions.
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Benenson's hiring, as firstly reported by Politico on Wednesday, has sent netizens into a frenzy of speculation the third-richest man in tech wants to run for office. In addition to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Benenson's strategy group has an affiliation with multiple nonprofit groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, AARP, and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.