RFK Jr. is expected to name Nicole Shanahan as his vice presidential pick

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By journalsofus.com

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is expected to announce Tuesday that Nicole Shanahan, a Silicon Valley lawyer, investor and political neophyte, will be his running mate in his independent presidential bid, according to two people close to the campaign.

The formal announcement, which will take place in Oakland, California, ends a broad and eclectic search for a vice presidential candidate. Even in recent weeks, it had evolved as Kennedy and his advisers spoke to more than a half-dozen potential candidates.

A Kennedy campaign spokeswoman declined to comment. Kennedy and Shanahan did not respond to requests for comment Monday night.

Shanahan, 38, was a late favorite in Kennedy’s search, according to two people close to the campaign, although she has been publicly associated with his candidacy since she helped pay for a Super Bowl ad in support of him.

This month, The New York Times reported that Aaron Rodgers, the NFL quarterback, and Jesse Ventura, the former Minnesota governor and former professional wrestler, were at the top of Mr. Kennedy’s list.

Kennedy confirmed those names in an interview at the time, adding that he had been in talks with several others, including Scott Brown, the former Republican senator from Massachusetts; Tricia Lindsay, an attorney who has fought against vaccine mandates; and Tulsi Gabbard, a former Hawaii congresswoman and presidential candidate who left the Democratic Party to become an independent.

Kennedy and his top advisers also spoke with Mike Rowe, the host of the reality television show “Dirty Jobs,” according to one of the people familiar with the campaign. Since then, Mr. Rowe addressed those discussions in interviews.

Rowe was among those mentioned by Amaryllis Fox Kennedy, Kennedy’s daughter-in-law and campaign manager, in a social media post on March 16 address reports of potential running mates. He also mentioned Mr. Rodgers and Ms. Shanahan. mediate first reported the same day that Ms. Shanahan was the expected choice.

Mr. Kennedy had been on the verge of naming a vice presidential candidate because some states require that a complete ballot be on the petition for independent candidates to be included on the ballot.

Shanahan, who was once married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, has a history of donating to Democratic campaigns, including President Biden’s bid in 2020. But she contributed to Kennedy’s presidential campaign in May 2023, when he He was running as a Democrat.

Mr. Kennedy announced in October that Instead, he would run as an independent, saying the Democratic Party had corruptly blocked his efforts to challenge Biden in the primary. Shanahan said in an interview with The Times last month, after revealing his role in the Super Bowl ad, that she had initially been disappointed by his decision to leave the game and that he had stopped supporting him.

But he returned to the situation at the beginning of the year, he said, after finding “pockets of quiet support everywhere.”

He added: “It was very, very interesting for me to hear how people were moved by his message and his willingness to be present.”

Kennedy, 70, an environmental lawyer and member of a historic Democratic political family, has in recent years been a prominent spreader of vaccine skepticism and conspiracy theories as part of a broad anti-establishment message.

The Democratic Party has increasingly focused its legal and organizational resources on combating Mr. Kennedy, in particular, their efforts to appear on state ballots – viewing his candidacy as one of the biggest threats to Biden’s re-election.

TO recent national Fox News poll put Mr. Kennedy’s support at about 13 percent, drawing a roughly equal share of voters from both Mr. Biden and former President Donald J. Trump. But Democrats worry that more options will hurt Biden and be less likely to erode Trump’s loyal base of support.

In her interview with The Times, Shanahan said she was “not an anti-vaxxer” and added that vaccines had historically been a “very useful” part of public health measures. But he suggested some alignment with theories that falsely link certain childhood vaccines to autism and other ailments, saying, “I think the increase in vaccine-related injuries is very alarming, and I think we need to understand the detection mechanisms.”

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