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TechInnovation. Political economist Neil Malholtra on why some in Silicon Valley turned on Gavin Newsom (Connie Loizos, TechCrunch)

Whether or not Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom survives Tuesday’s recall election may depend to some degree on a small but vocal group of Silicon Valley power players who’ve thrown their weight behind the effort to oust him, including some who previously supported mostly Democratic politicians.

To better understand what happened, we talked recently with political economist and Stanford business school professor Neil Malhotra about research he conducted in 2017 about the political attitudes of the tech elite — and why some seemed so quick to turn on Newsom this year. Our conversation has been edited lightly for length.

Political economist Neil Malholtra on why some in Silicon Valley turned on Gavin Newsom | TechCrunch