Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington Will Run for Governor in Recall Election
Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington announced she will run for Governor of California in the recall election on 10-7-03, despite calls from Democratic leaders to support Gray Davis by keeping all Democrats out of the race. She declared, "Barbara Boxer, today in the L.A. Times, criticized the strategy of circling the wagons around Davis and playing Russian roulette with the state, assuming that somehow he will defeat the recall. The truth is that the polls are going against him... It's at best a 50-50 chance that he will survive. And you can't roll the dice and say why don't we just take the risk and let the state go to a Republican? And any Republican who would win would be a Bush Republican, because there's nobody who would differentiate himself from Bush's policies in Washington, which have, to a large extent, been responsible for the fiscal crisis in California in the first place."

Arianna's Gubernatorial Campaign is Inspired by Enthusiasm of Activists, Especially the Young
Arianna Huffington

"It was the fact that so many young people, and older people, and middle-aged people like me, got involved with the Run, Arianna, Run website that was started in Northern California that it strongly influenced me to run. A lot of young people want to get involved in politics again, want to get re-engaged. As you know, turnout has been going down dramatically among young people, but that's not because they don't care. It's because they don't believe they can make a difference. And one of the things that's persuaded me to run was to give an opportunity to young people to make a difference again, and to build a coalition around these key issues that I have been writing about, and been active on, and the issues that were central to the shadow convention that I helped convene in 2000: which include economic justice and the growing income disparities; and the growing gaps in educational opportunities; the dominance of money in our political system; and what we're doing to our environment."