There’s long been a great sloshing back-and-forth of talent between Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. The San Francisco Bay Area ships out tech digerati to help the government fix its problems while the Capital spits back out its seasoned strategists who then come west to help companies like Apple and Uber play better ball with the lawmakers back east.
Now comes word from an email supposedly stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta and leaked by WikiLeaks that the presidential candidate once had her eyes on some of the tech world’s shining stars, starting with Apple CEO Tim Cook [pictured above].
In the email, which was dispatched at 5:21 p.m. on March 17, 2016, Podesta broke down a list of possible candidates for the Veep job, breaking the names down into “rough food groups.” These folks, he wrote, were a “first cut of people to consider for VP.”
The email went to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is reportedly a good place to reach Hillary these days.
The “first cut” list also included Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and an assortment of top-drawer names broken down apparently by race, gender, political personality and other categories.
And there, sitting at number four in the alphabetically arranged group of the tech food group, was Cook. (Apple said Tuesday morning it had no comment.)
In the email, Podesta congratulates Clinton on “a fabulous night” and then tells her he’s ready to “get back to the longer term again,” apparently referring to the find-a-good-veep project. He said he was working with legal staff to “get prepared to execute non-disclosure agreements with anyone we involve in the process. We put together the attached notional teams of “report writers” (confidential profiles/public record vet) and “vettors” (deep-dive/oppo-book), and want to run it by you before we execute on the list.
“Let me know,”…