Thursday, December 20, 2007

Hani Durzy Speaks about Meg in Iowa!

The soon to be former PR spokesman for eBay actually posted on Ina Steiner's blog today, commenting on Meg's support of Mitt Romney. Here is his post:

eBay CEO Meg Whitman to Speak in Iowa
by: Hani Durzy

Thu Dec 20 2007 13:56:26

Hi all -- I just wanted to clarify a couple of things that Ina and others have brought up. Yes, Meg is a supporter of Gov. Romney, who is a longtime friend and former colleague of hers; in fact, she is his National Finance Co-Chair. It’s a purely personal choice and is not representative of the views or opinions of eBay Inc. It also has no impact on her ability to address the day-to-day operational needs of the business. Meg was already on personal vacation time this week when she went out to Iowa on behalf of the Romney campaign; she paid for the travel and expenses entirely out of her own pocket, and didn’t use company aircraft to get there.

As a high-profile executive, Meg has a lot of company among business leaders who have chosen to publicly support one candidate or another (Cisco’s John Chambers is a McCain supporter; Warren Buffett backs Clinton, just to name two.) But as a private citizen, Meg has the same rights as everyone else, including the right to back whatever candidate she chooses. "

Now, this is what a PR person should be doing, this is the first time I've seen a blog comment from Hani Durzy. I appreciate him speaking to the facts behind Meg's trip to Iowa. One question I do have; Why doesn't eBay PR make a concerted effort to comment on blogs and message boards. Hopefully this is a sign that they are changing their tune.

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