By Tyler Durden | 3 August 2017
ZERO HEDGE — Three weeks ago, when the WSJ ran an infomercial of the “down to earth” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as just the guy next door in “Mark Zuckerberg Hits the Road to Meet Regular Folks” as part of Zuckerberg’s tour of the country…
… the obvious question immediately emerged: is Zuck’s publicity stunt preparation for a presidential run?
The answer increasingly looks like “yes”, because as Politico reported on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton’s former pollster, Joel Benenson, the chief strategist in Clinton’s 2016 doomed campaign has been hired to conduct research for Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan’s nonprofit, the Zuckerberg-Chan initiative. Officially Benenson’s work, done through his company Benenson Strategy Group, will focus on the couple’s philanthropy. However, it will give Zuckerberg access to yet another top pollster as rumors of a potential presidential run grow ever louder.
In January, the Zuckerbergs hired another top political advisor – David Plouffe, campaign manager for Obama’s 2008 presidential run – as president of policy and advocacy. Plouffe had previously worked at Uber. Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign, also sits on the board. And earlier this year, Politico reports that the couple also brought on Amy Dudley, a former communications adviser to Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. […]