Jack Dorsey, billionaire and co-founder of the popular social media service Twitter and the mobile payments has said he is serious about wanting to be the mayor of New York one day.
Speaking to CBS News‘ Lara Logan in a “60 Minutes” episode that aired Sunday, Dorsey made the declaration standing with Logan on the mezzanine level of the 42nd Street-Times Square subway station.
The would-be Mayor revealed he eventually wanted to move to New York, and said of the city:
“What I love about New York is just the electricity feel right away. I mean, just look at us in this station. There’s just people walking everywhere. It’s chaos. It’s kind of like being in car in the middle of a thunderstorm. Everything is raging around you but you’re safe inside that car, so New York feels very much to me like that.”
Dorsey’s political ambitions weren’t the primary focus of the interview. The 36-year-old also spoke about his work and success with Twitter — which he was forced out from then invited back to by new management in 2011 — and his latest investment Square, a mobile payment system that allows users to make debit and credit card payments from tablets or smartphones.
This isn’t the first time the tech innovator has talked about his mayoral dreams.
Two years ago, he floated the subject in a Vanity Fairprofile. In that interview, as in CBS’, Dorsey didn’t elaborate on his own political views, talk about current local issues or policies he would endorse in a mayoral campaign or in office.
He did not specify a timetable for when he would run either.
Among the candidates lining up in recent weeks to take the place of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the upcoming November elections, are city comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former City Councilman Sal Albanese, and former Comptroller Bill Thompson.
Republican contenders include former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph Lhota, publisher Tom Allon, billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis, George McDonald, the head of a nonprofit company that helps the homeless, and former Bronx borough president and federal housing official Adolfo Carrion, a former Democrat who is now looking for Republican backing.
What do you think of Jack Dorsey’s intention to become Mayor of New York? Would he get your vote?