- Sheryl Sandberg could have a future in politics after leaving Facebook.
- Sandberg was spoken to as Michael Bloomberg’s formulaic companion and was promoted to Hillary Clinton’s Treasury Secretary.
- One person suggested that Sandberg was looking at Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat.
Sheryl Sandberg can pursue a career in politics after leaving Facebook, with some observers highlighting her high profile, a business success story, a popular book, and a compelling personal history.
The veteran Facebook executive said on Wednesday he would resign. “I’m not entirely sure what the future holds; I’ve learned that no one ever is,” he wrote. “But I know it will include focusing more on my foundation and my philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever, given how critical this moment is for women.”
This may be a reference to the Supreme Court’s imminent decision to end women’s right to abortion, the hottest political issue at the moment.
Sandberg published the book “Lean In” in 2013, suggesting that women should push for more power. It was a sensation at the time, with over 4 million copies sold in 5 years, according to the New York Times. About 2 years after the book was published, Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died, throwing her into a period of heartbreaking grief.
Then came a series of Facebook scandals and congressional hearings that Sandberg had to deal with with CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In 2019, he published a second book, “Option B,” with author Adam Grant on how to deal with adversity.
“There’s been a lot of interest in business leaders and it definitely has a story to tell,” said Tammy Haddad, a Washington-based consultant and former MSNBC political director. “He probably has a few things voters would like him to tell, but there’s a long history of success and innovation on Facebook in his career.” Sandberg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
As an early employee of Google and Facebook, Sandberg has amassed a large personal fortune, estimated at $ 1.6 billion by Forbes.
Haddad noted that there are no more perfect political candidates, and noted Mehmet Oz, a former television personality who is running in the Senate primaries in Pennsylvania. “The American people like a history of casualties and recovery and are well known,” he added.
Sandberg has worked in politics before, and has presented herself as a possible candidate for some candidates. He was Chief of Staff to Clinton Administration Treasury Secretary Larry Summers from 1999 to 2001.
Sandberg was considered a candidate for Secretary of the Treasury if Hillary Clinton’s bid for the 2016 presidency was successful, according to Politico, which also reported that Sandberg had advised Hillary Clinton’s campaign on women’s issues.
During Michael Bloomberg’s 2016 presidential run, it was the best choice to be his vice president, said one person who worked on his campaigns.
A person familiar with Sandberg’s circle of friends told Insider: “The election years put her in the spotlight. She can’t win, but she apparently wants Dianne Feinstein’s seat.” Feinstein is the 88-year-old California senator who has said she will not give up despite her classmates’ complaints about her mental acuity reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Another person who worked in California state politics spoke of a rumor that Sandberg had expressed interest in being considered for the open seat in the U.S. Senate that Kamala Harris left in 2020.
However, the right time to launch a political career may have passed for Sandberg, according to a person involved in high-level Democratic politics who has interacted with Sandberg. “He’s too smart to think he can win,” that person said. “When Kamala’s seat opened, we were a long way from 2015. She can read the political winds well enough to know that this was not on the menu.”
In fact, when Bloomberg ran for president again in 2020, Sandberg was not on his list, according to the person who worked on his campaigns. “No candidate would have wanted to even be by their side,” that person said. “He
she was gone. “
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