Meg Whitman, who announced her retirement as eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) CEO last January, is considering a run for California governor, the WSJ reported, citing an unidentified source. Whitman, whose name often has been mentioned in Republican political circles as a possible candidate for a variety of offices, has stepped down from her seats on the boards of eBay, Procter & Gamble and Dreamworks Animation SKG, which helps get rid of some obvious conflicts of interest; it’s not clear when her respective terms were up on those boards. The WSJ source said Whitman could make her bid for the 2010 race public within the next four to six weeks.
A person whom the WSJ identified only as a California Republican Party official said Whitman will have a team assembled by the end of the month and is bringing on people from the campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Whitman campaigned for Romney in the Republican presidential primaries and later for Sen. John McCain, after he became the party’s nominee.