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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:22 AM

Top California Republican to run statewide as an independent

By CARLA MARINUCCI 02/12/2018 07:00 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Poizner, the wealthy Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate, has announced he'll seek statewide office as an independent in 2018 — marking a high-profile defection from the state Republican Party as President Trump's approval ratings sink in California.

Poizner told POLITICO Monday that as California confronts the impacts of devastating fires, mudslides and growing cybersecurity threats, he’s decided to seek the office of Insurance Commissioner for a second time — but this time, without a party label.

“California’s insurance commissioner needs to be fiercely independent of the insurance industry, which is why being free of partisan politics is especially important,’’ said Poizner, who held the office from 2007 to 2011. He said his experience in three arenas — the public sector with expertise in tech, as well the private and non-profit sectors — distinguishes him from two other major party candidates seeking the office. Democratic state Senator Ricardo Lara, and Peter Kuo, an East Bay Republican who has unsuccessfully run for Assembly and state Senate, have already declared in the race.

Poizner is a multimillionaire tech executive who made his first fortune when his company, SnapTrack, which pioneered the GPS technology in cell phones, was sold to Qualcomm for $1 billion in stock.


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Tue Feb 13, 2018, 10:29 AM

1. A skunk trying to remove his white stripe.

Repubs will never win statewide again.

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