Saturday, March 2, 2013

TOM STEYER NEWS: Will Democrat And Billionaire Tom Steyer Run For President?

I'm writing this opinion at great risk. I know a lot of prominent people in the Republican party.  They might order a contract hit on me for sharing this recommendation with you.

My grandfather spent much of his life at the hierarchy of Standard Oil.  In my family being a democrat meant you were going to burn in hell.

Now that you know the potential real and eternal life consequences of my headline allow me to explain myself.

Tom Steyer, a Democrat, is the most focused, consistent person I've ever met. His net worth according to Forbes is $1.3 Billion.  He's a self made Billionaire.

He just sold his stake in Farralon Capital Management to focus on Philanthropy. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale, and Stanford.

Tom Steyer was also a recent speaker at the DNC. He took a very effective direct shot at Governor Mitt Romney.

I used to watch Tom compete at Phillips Exeter (our mutual Alma mater, class of 1975) in both Soccer and Tennis.  Watching him play any sport was like watching an assassin go to work.  The only athlete I've coached and trained with who's even close to Tom Steyer in intensity is Ryan Lochte.  Ryan is a three time Olympian, holds multiple World Records and will probably end up in 2016 at the Olympics in Rio De Janiero, Brazil as the third greatest Olympian of all time.  He just needs four more medals.  Don't bet against him and don't bet against Tom Steyer.

Tom also doesn't make arguments without thinking them through.  He's funny, serious, intense and passionate.  You might not agree with him but you won't find fault with his passion for the issues he cares about.  You will also have a tough time debating him when he delivers any argument or advocacy.  He thinks through his arguments and overcomes potential objections before they arise much like a great pitch man overcomes objections before he closes.

The issue that he is perhaps most passionate about is making America the leader in energy production while systematically reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.

Tom became wealthy through investing and he knows the difference between a good and a bad investment. Solyndra, one of the investments that President Obama has been unmercifully crucified over probably wouldn't have been funded in a Tom Steyer Presidency.

Tom's name is now being bantered about as one of the possible choices as the next Energy Secretary. He'd be a unique and incredibly wise choice.

                                                     Tom's Big Idea

The Presidency is won in front of a camera with bold new ideas that can transform our country.  Tom has a bold, big idea that would change America and it's a great pitch, make America the leading producer of energy in the World. Pursuing that goal would change our future, everything else is just a crock of bologna.

Tom will probably be pissed off that I'd even float this idea but he's the best guy for the job at a really rocky time in our history.

Check out Tom's chops and presence in this 60 second ad for Prop 39.

I'd love to see anyone put up a candidate with better credentials and on camera charisma than Tom.  The Presidency is won on camera and I believe Tom Steyer, as a Presidential candidate, would be very hard to defeat in the 2016 race for the White House.  He's the perfect candidate for a successful direct response marketing and DRTV campaign.

                                                  written by Brad Richdale

About Tom Steyer

Thomas Fahr "Tom" Steyer (born 1957) is an American hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and environmentalist.[2]
Steyer is the founder and former Co-Senior Managing Partner of Farallon Capital Management, LLC and the co-founder of the One California Bank, an Oakland-based community development bank.[2] Steyer is responsible for funding the creation of the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy at Stanford University, part of the Precourt Institute of Energy.[3] Since 1986, he has been a partner and member of the Executive Committee at Hellman & Friedman, a San Francisco-based $8 billion private equity firm. Farallon Capital Management, LLC, manages $20 billion in capital for institutions and high net worth individuals. The firm’s institutional investors are primarily college endowments and foundations.[2][4]
In 2010, Steyer and Kathryn Ann Taylor, his wife, along with Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, signed the Giving Pledge to donate half their fortune to charity.[5] Steyer is on the board of Next Generation, a non-profit that intends to tackle children's issues and the environment.[6][7] He serves on the Board of Trustees at Stanford University[8] and is active in political campaign fundraising.

About Hellman and Friedman

Hellman & Friedman LLC, founded in 1984, is a private equity investment firm well respected for its distinctive investment philosophy and approach. Our offices are located in San Francisco, London, and New York. We raised our first institutional private equity fund in 1987. During our 25-year investing history, we have raised over $25 billion of committed capital and have invested in over 75 companies. We are currently investing our seventh fund, Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners VII, L.P. (HFCP VII), with over $8.9 billion of committed capital.
Our objective is to invest long-term equity capital to support the strategic and financial objectives of outstanding management teams operating businesses with defensible positions in growing markets. Over our lifetime, we have distinguished ourselves as a flexible source of capital and a value-added partner.
Our team consists of over 45 investment professionals, including 18 managing directors with an average tenure with the Firm of over ten years. This allows us to spend substantial time working with the companies in which we invest.
Limited partner investors in our funds include many of the largest U.S. and international corporate pension funds, U.S. state pension funds, university endowments and foundations. Additionally, in HFCP VII, the General Partner is one of the largest limited partners.

About Next Generation

Next Generation promotes solutions to two of the biggest challenges confronting the next generation of Americans:  The risk of dangerous climate change, and the threat of diminished prospects for children and families. Through the use of non-partisan research, policy development, and strategic communications, we identify strategies that help deploy clean, advanced energy technologies; we also work to ensure a level playing field from which today’s kids can build a brighter future.
Next Generation takes lessons learned from California, America’s largest, most populous state, and helps spread innovative ideas that can be enacted through public policy, private enterprise, families, and individuals.

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