“They represent the future and he will be better off linking himself to the future than the past,” Strother said.
Oracle might also have an inside track because of Ellison’s connections and kinship with Clinton. In November, Ellison hired Clinton’s former White House press secretary, Joe Lockhart, as Oracle’s communications director, a move that some believe foreshadowed Ellison’s interest in courting Clinton.
Unlike many Silicon Valley executives, Ellison hasn’t spent that much of his time or wealth publicly lobbying for his political agenda.
While contributing money to both the Democratic and Republican parties during the past eight years, Ellison openly supported Clinton, even through the various scandals that shadowed the former president.
Clinton’s checkered past and the recent controversies are unlikely to scare off Ellison, a mercurial character who has been entangled in a series of highly publicized dustups.
“Larry also gets picked on for various shenanigans,” Greenbaum said. “That’s why there might be a certain brotherhood developing between these two guys. There are some compelling reasons why these two might get along in the same boardroom.”