A Portland tech executive is at the center of Facebook’s latest PR nightmare.
A whistleblower affidavit obtained by The Washington Post Last week alleges that Facebook vice president of communications Tucker Bounds ignored concerns about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“Some lawmakers are going to get pissed off,” Bounds said in the affidavit. “And then in a few weeks, they’ll move on. Meanwhile, we are printing money in the basement, and everything is fine. “
Bounds, 42, lives in southwest Portland. He grew up in Hermiston and, after graduating from the University of Oregon, went to work as a spokesperson for former US Senator Gordon Smith (R-Ore.). He then served the same role for the 2008 presidential campaign of the late Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and the California candidacy for governor of former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. Bounds founded a political news analysis platform called Sidewire and went to work for Facebook.
This isn’t the first time Bounds has said something that might irritate his fellow Portlanders. In 2008, he argued that McCain’s vice-presidential pick, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, was more qualified than Barack Obama to serve as Commander-in-Chief, having led the Alaska National Guard. “I think there were probably better points to make,” he later conceded.
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