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A Governor from High Tech

by William Grosso
Aug. 3, 2003

Yesterday, I wrote a weblog entry in which I compared Olestra, the California gubernatorial recall, and the latest Microsoft security hole. And I suggested, albeit in an offhand way, that it was only a matter of time before Tim O'Reilly declared his candidacy.

When I said it, I was joking.

But after posting it, I began to take the joke more seriously. More precisely: what I'm taking seriously is the idea that someone from high-tech should run for governor.

This grows out of a long list of thoughts. Here they are, in no particular order:

So who should it be? Without taking too strong a position, I will just state that, should

Andy Grove

run, I will not only vote for him, I will contribute money to his campaign fund. He's brilliant, he's run large organizations in hard times, he understands technology and technological industries at a deep level, and he understands, as an immigrant who fled a horrifying dictatorship, what America is fundamentally all about.

I also hereby promise that, no matter what, I will not vote for: Gray Davis, Richard Riordan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Willie Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Arriana Huffington, Michael Huffington, William Simon, Bill Lockyer, Phil Angelides, or Darrell Issa.

William Grosso is a coauthor of Java Enterprise Best Practices.

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