Oprah Winfrey isn’t a stranger to breaking off some of her major bucks to give to politicians. She’s publicly supported President Obama and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. Now the media mogul’s opened up her wallet for 21-year-old Stanford senior (meaning he still hasn’t graduated!), Michael Tubbs–who is running for Stockton City Council. This political underdog never even sought the billionaire out, she found him.
The Stockton Record is reporting that Tubbs gained Winfrey’s attention in April when she visited Stanford University, where Tubbs will graduate in June. During a luncheon, someone mentioned to Winfrey that Tubbs is a City Council candidate back at home [in California]. Ever since then, Oprah couldn’t help but keep coming back to Stockton to talk with the young politician about his town. Since then, Tubbs has told her about the crime, poverty and the disconnect in the city. Tubbs is such an inspiration.