It seems that on-demand car services make strange bedfellows.
Uber today announced that it has hired former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe as its senior vice president of policy and strategy. From a blog post just put up by Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick:
For context, Kalanick is a noted libertarian who, until recently, used an image from Atlas Shrugged as his Twitter avatar. And now his $18 billion company’s policy efforts will be led by someone who helped put Barack Obama in the White House — in part through the backing of labor unions that view Uber as a threat.
For his part, Plouffe is already in campaign mode:
Plouffe said during a conference call that he views Uber as a fulltime job, which means that he will quit his on-air and advisory work with ABC and Bloomberg LP at the end of September.