Venture capitalist Blake Masters announced his run for Senate in Arizona Monday. In his announcement video, Masters, who is chief operating officer of Thiel Capital, strikes a distinctly anti-tech tone, saying that "the internet, which was supposed to give us an awesome future, is instead being used to shut us up."
Masters's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly makes him the second close ally of Peter Thiel to announce his run for the Senate recently. In Ohio, "Hillbilly Elegy" author and venture capitalist J.D. Vance is also running for Sen. Rob Portman's seat. Vance has leaned heavily on the techlash in his campaign, accusing Google of hiding his website and criticizing companies for "censoring" conservatives.
Despite their anti-tech rhetoric, both Masters and Vance are backed by tech billionaire and Facebook board member Thiel, who has donated $10 million to super PACs supporting each candidate, according to POLITICO.