The United States presidential elections have been making headlines across the country (and the world) in recent months. Mostly for the sayings and doings of both candidates, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. Still, as of late a name in the auto world has popped into the mix of everything, stirring even more controversy.
According to a hacked email that was leaked out by WikiLeaks, Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors (GM) was one name placed on the candidates’ list (amongst a possible 39) to become the running mate to Hillary Clinton, and potentially Vice President of the United States of America.
Mary’s name was one of nine high-level business execs listed by John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair. The others included CEOs of Starbucks, Xerox, Coca-Cola, Apple, as well as Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
In a March 17th email to Hillary Clinton, Podesta described the list as people who made the ‘first cut’ to be considered for Vice President. The email that was released this past Tuesday is said to be one of thousands of messages that have been stolen, in which WikiLeaks has released to the public.
At this time there seems to be no proof that GM’s CEO was looking to get involved in the campaign along with Hillary Clinton, or even evidence linking her to the knowledge that she was even included in this list of people, prior to the leak that is.
As we all know, Hillary Clinton ended up choosing Senator Tim Kaine in the end, whose name actually appeared higher on the list of the leaked message. Barra and GM have yet to comment at all about the email.
Interestingly enough, Auto News advises that GM’s CEO attended the State of the Union address in 2014, as a guess of the First Lady Michelle Obama. Barra was invited only weeks after she accepted the GM CEO role, marking her the first-ever woman CEO of the company.