Will Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Run For Senate?


CampaignButtons650Will she, or won’t she? The Daily Mail stirred up the rumor pot about Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg running for office with a story in which one “source close to Sandberg’s inner circle” pegged it as a near certainty, while another source close to Sandberg said, “It is 100 percent untrue.” There was no comment from Sandberg herself.

According to The Daily Mail, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January, Sandberg was asked, “Is politics for you,” and she replied:

Not for me. I just have a wholesale agreement that we need more women in politics.

And at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C., last October, Sandberg told the audience that despite the constant speculation that she would enter the political arena after Facebook, she has no plans to do so, adding that she is happy working for a company she cares about, and that Facebook gives her the flexibility to promote her own causes, such as her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, and the Lean In online community.

However, the first source told The Daily Mail:

Sheryl wants to find a seat before the election in 2016, when Hillary Clinton will likely run for president.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) is up for re-election in 2016, while the state’s other Senate seat, held by Dianne Feinstein (D), is not up for contest until 2018, but the source told The Daily Mail Sandberg is not likely to wait until 2018, adding of Sandberg’s denials:

Don’t believe it. Sheryl has everything planned. She’s the kind of woman who doesn’t look five years ahead, she looks 15.

She sees politics as her future, definitely. This is what she has mapped out. She has spent her life courting the most powerful people in the country, and she’s an incredibly smart and focused woman. She knows what she wants.

Readers: Will she, or won’t she?

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