Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of California in 2010, has an interesting explanation for the fact that she’s hardly ever voted, and didn’t even register until seven years ago, when she was 46: She was too dedicated to her family to vote.
“I was focused on raising a family, on my husband’s career, and we moved many, many times,” she told reporters. “It is no excuse. My voting record, my registration record, is unacceptable.”
As the Sacramento Bee reported, no record exists of Whitman registering to vote until she was 46, and had already had a very active career in business.To get a better idea of what that number means, let’s compare Whitman’s political non-involvement to some other politicians, when they were at that age: Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination for President at 46; Bill Clinton was elected President at 46; Joe Biden was a third-term Senator who had just run unsuccessfully for President. Finally, Sarah Palin ran for Vice President at a younger age than that, 44 years old.