eBay Director and former CEO Meg Whitman has been seen with eBay Public Relations expert Henry Gomez at her side at the Republican National Convention, so no surprise she made sure there was a feel-good story dominating news about eBay today as she prepares to give her speech tonight.
eBay issued a press release, "eBay Launches New Online Marketplace for Ethically Sourced and Eco-Friendly Products" at 12:01 am this morning trumpeting a site that's not new. The move is vintage Meg, who leaves nothing to chance and plans 2 steps ahead.
Tonight, she is slated to give a 10-minute speech to Republicans on a lineup that includes fellow Bain & Co alum Mitt Romney, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, and Governor Palin.
Meg told her hometown newspaper her speech tonight would not be about her own political aspirations, but about McCain's theme of prosperity. "I'll be speaking about what the first 100 days of a McCain administration will look like and his economic plan for middle-class Americans, who are struggling,'' she said.
Meg has said she and McCain believe in lowering taxes to help small businesses. A commentor on this blog has asked, if Meg believes tax cuts are good for small businesses, why did she consistently raise fees for eBay sellers every year? It's a question not likely to occur to any political reporters, but it does seem like a curious contradiction.
The feel-good "news" story about the WorldofGood.com marketplace stayed at the top of Google's news page on eBay, keeping "Man Accused Of Selling 2000 Stolen Bras On Ebay" from the top spot on Meg's Very Important Day.
By the way, the caption of an AP photo of Meg and Henry attributed him as "staffer." Is Gomez an eBay staffer, a Meg staffer, or an RNC staffer?