RFK Jr. Taps Attorney Nicole Shanahan As Running Mate | EUROtoday

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. introduced Tuesday that he had chosen rich Bay Area lawyer and philanthropist Nicole Shanahan as his vice-presidential working mate.

Shanahan, the 38-year-old daughter of a Chinese immigrant who grew up in Oakland, California, and was beforehand married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin, is a serious Kennedy backer. She gave $4 million to a pro-Kennedy tremendous PAC, American Values 2024, to air the retro-style Super Bowl advert that conjured the 1960 marketing campaign of Kennedy’s uncle, former President John F. Kennedy.

Kennedy, an environmental lawyer, anti-vaccine advocate and conspiracy theorist, thought-about quite a lot of unconventional candidates to function his working mate. Among the names within the combine: the rapper “Killer Mike” Render, NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers and TV host Mike Rowe, Kennedy instructed the San Francisco-based radio station KCBS on Monday morning.

Kennedy instructed “The State of California” host Doug Sovern that Shanahan stood out due to her youth, athleticism and dedication to “unraveling the war machine and the corporate capture” of the federal authorities.

Shanahan based ClearAccessIP, an organization that goals to assist entrepreneurs develop and handle patents, and offered it for an undisclosed quantity in 2020.

In 2019, Shanahan launched the Bia-Echo Foundation to distribute $100 million that she is donating to applications that struggle local weather change, reform the prison justice system and assist ladies develop into pregnant later in life.

Shanahan identifies with Kennedy’s deal with the hyperlinks between environmental air pollution and public well being issues, she instructed The New York Times in a February interview following the Super Bowl advert.

“I do think we have an environmental health crisis in this country,” she mentioned. “I do believe Americans deserve clean water. And we can’t achieve that in the current climate of politics.”

The lawyer additionally shares a few of Kennedy’s skepticism of vaccines.

“I do wonder about vaccine injuries,” she instructed the Times. “I think there needs to be a space to have these conversations.”

Through his nonprofit Children’s Health Defense, Kennedy has unfold fears about vaccine unintended effects {that a} broad array of consultants say are unfounded. Children’s Health Defense has fueled doubts in regards to the well being dangers of vaccinations for childhood illnesses like measles, although these pictures have been safely used for many years.

Kennedy has particularly supported the debunked principle that vaccines are linked to autism. In a speech about that supposed hyperlink in 2015, he in contrast the United States’ vaccination regime to “a Holocaust,” although he later apologized.

Prior to this election cycle, Shanahan was a serious donor to Democratic presidential candidates, together with President Joe Biden’s 2020 marketing campaign.

She has additionally given to numerous Democratic congressional candidates, corresponding to Rep. Ro Khanna, who represents key components of Silicon Valley. Shanahan continues to be supporting Khanna, giving him the utmost allowable quantity this cycle.

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