I wouldn’t count on it. But Georges Marciano, an Algerian-born Jew and one of the founders, with his brothers, of the Guess? clothing company, announced yesterday that he’s going to run for California governor on the independent ticket.
From the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert blog:
“Let’s dream again, let’s not give up hope instead we together can create jobs for the citizens of California instead of simply creating and imposing higher taxes for the average citizen and not the wealthy,” Georges Marciano said in a prepared statement. “All of which are wasted dollars put in the greedy hands of a wasteful government.”
His campaign spokesman, Rod Harrell, said that Marciano has been forced to deal with multiple government agencies in recent years and it has “come to light all the corruption in government and (the lack of) anyone actually caring about regular people.”
Asked how Marciano might finance his run, Harrell said: “He is Georges Marciano. So he obviously has some money.”
Indeed, in 2007 Marciano bought an 84.37 carat diamond at an auction for just under $16.2 million.
Marciano is not opting to run as part of a political party, Harrell said, because he “doesn’t want any ties to anybody in the old political machine.”
(Hat tip: LAObserved)