An executive at Peter Thiel’s venture capital fund is running for a US Senate seat with $10 million in backing from his boss.
Blake Masters, the 34-year-old chief operating officer at investment firm Thiel Capital and a former protege of the billionaire at Stanford, announced Monday that he is running as a Republican to unseat Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in 2022.
In his campaign launch, Masters pledged to “completely end illegal immigration” and fight “indoctrination” in the school system.
Masters has never held public office and faces a crowded GOP primary field that includes state Attorney General Mark Brnovich and wealthy energy executive Jim Lamon.
Nevertheless, his campaign rocketed into legitimacy when Thiel gave an eye-watering $10 million to a super PAC supporting him, Politico first reported. Thiel also donated $10 million to a PAC supporting another one of his employees, “Hillbilly Elegy” author and Ohio senate candidate J.D. Vance.
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