Tom Steyer: After Trump Win, I May Not Run for Governor

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Co-Founder of Advanced Energy Economy Tom Steyer speaks during the Democratic National Convention at on Sept. 5, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

While he had never formally announced a run for governor of California, environmental activist Tom Steyer was widely expected to seek the office in 2018. The billionaire investor had spent millions of dollars on California ballot measures, including propositions against the death penalty and for a tobacco tax.

“I was thinking very seriously about running for Governor,” Steyer told The California Report. “I hadn’t decided. I thought Hillary [Clinton] would win. But I wanted to get the facts before I made a decision.”

The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president has greatly influenced Steyer’s political calculus. He's considering focusing on his activism to combat Trump rather than engaging in a long political campaign.

“My thinking has changed,” Steyer said. “We’re in a very tough spot. And I’m damned if I’m not going to fight about it.”

Steyer sids Trump displays “fascist tendencies” and that Californians have to fight against that.


Other candidates are announcing their intention to enter the gubernatorial race: The Los Angeles Times reported early Thursday that former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will run.

Listen to The California Report interview with Steyer on Friday at 6:50 a.m.