Tom Steyer and his $100 million budget enters the 2020 race
It’s official! Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer is running for president:
It’s true. I’m running for president. pic.twitter.com/u8x2lZah7Z
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) July 9, 2019
You mean to tell us that the elderly rich white man running for the Dem nomination has flaws? You don’t say!
Steyer is a highly flawed candidate, but his entry introduces a huge new element of uncertainty:
There’s now a guy in the race with a virtually unlimited budget, a love of TV ads and an appetite for conflict — including with fellow Democrats.https://t.co/NiEdxehApr
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) July 9, 2019
We, however, welcome Steyer and his $100 million to the race. Call us, Tom!
A lot of Democrats are going to think that $100 million could be better spent elsewhere. https://t.co/kF9xYA4l9f
— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) July 9, 2019
Oh, we are so ready for the Dem fight that’s about to come:
Billionaire Tom Steyer made his fortune financing coal plants
As a nat gas/renewables investor, he spent $18M in 2018 trying to kill US’s largest source of clean energy, Palo Verde nuclear, and replace it with gas & solar
He’s now running for president — as a climate activist
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) July 9, 2019
If you recall, a leaked email from John Podesta in 2016 showed just what Dems think of Steyer and his climate litmus test: “Podesta to Tom Steyer in leaked email: ‘I didn’t expect to get f—ed by you’”:
“I am deep in the middle of dealing with getting f—ed by the NYT [New York Times], but I didn’t expect to get f—ed by you in the NYT,” Podesta wrote to Steyer, according to emails released Friday by WikiLeaks, which says the message was stolen from Podesta’s email account.
“Thanks a lot for jumping us. I hope President Bush helps you reach your climate goals,” he wrote, suggesting that Jeb Bush — at the time the leading candidate for the Republican nomination — would win.
Will he hire Fusion GPS again?
FLASHBACK: Tom Steyer hired Fusion GPS to work on a California ballot initiative back in 2012. https://t.co/LOp8NX02MI
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) July 9, 2019