Mark Zuckerberg’s latest hire reignites rumors of presidential run

August 29, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly hired the chief strategist for Hillary Clintons failed presidential campaign, and hestill wants you to believe he isnt running for office.

A personal challenge to meet ordinary people in every U.S. state sparked speculation that the FacebookCEO was in the early stages of a presidential campaign. The rumors mounted, forcing Zuck to write a post where he explicitly denied any intention of pursuing a career in politics, Some of you have asked if this challenge means I’m running for public office. I’m not.

But news from Politicothat Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, reportedly hired Democratic pollster Joel Benenson, a former adviser to Barack Obamahas ignited a new wave of rumors.

It’s no wonder people think Zuckerberg will make a run at Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The business magnate posts pictures of his travels around rural America, where he tries to fit in with locals in what look like scenes from Mike Rowes Dirty Jobs. He recently posted about his travel to the all-important swing state Iowa, where he ate with truck drivers at a local diner.

In Iowa, I stopped by one of the major truck stops. It's like a small city where truckers on long trips can take a…

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If that doesnt scream Americana, I dont know what does. Zuck also visited a Ford assembly plant in Detroit and took a trip to Ohio, all while taking pictures that look fit for a candidates website (probably because Zuck’s photographer was once assigned to the White House).

It isnt just the listening tour that has people readying the Zuck for Prez buttons. Zuckerberg announced last year that he is no longer atheist, and passed a proposal letting him keep voting control of his company if he were to serve in public office. He also hired David Plouffe, President Obama’s former campaign chair, to help his charity, and will turn 35the minimum required age to run for presidentin 2019.

But there are other, less presidential explanations for Zucks latest hire.

According to Politico, Benensons company, Benenson Strategy Group, will conduct research for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the couples philanthropic investment company.

As a philanthropic organization focused on a number of substantive issues including science, education, housing, and criminal justice reform, any research efforts we undertake is to support that work,” aspokeswoman for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative told Politico.

Zuck and Chan give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, approximately $45 billion, to the charity. The Benenson Strategy Group already works with many other non-profit groups, including AARP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Lady Gagas Born This Way Foundation.

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