Rumors have been going around that Brayden Olson, the guy Business Insider thinks is "the real-life Christian Grey," has been talking with local leaders about entering the crowded race for Washington's 8th congressional seat. For those who haven't been keeping up on their softcore S&M erotica, Christian Grey is the strapping young man in E. L. James's popular bit of Twilight fan-fic, 50 Shades of Grey.
Larry Brown, the political director for the Aerospace Machinist Union, confirmed that he spoke with Olson. The union, which represents 28,000 hourly workers at Boeing, interviews all candidates who express interest in the race. Brown mentioned some concern about Olson's age and experience, but said he was "obviously intelligent."
According to USA Today and a quick look at his Facebook feed, Olson takes a public stance against domestic violence. "While we're excited about this movie coming out," he said in 2015 as 50 Shades of Grey was hitting the theaters, "It's an opportunity to put a spotlight on that topic that a lot of us don't like to talk about."
The now 29-year-old CEO of the holding company Wilhelm Enterprises caught some early media attention when he won the Eastside Business Award for New Young Professional of the Year by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. At the time, the young entrepreneur was heading up Novel, Inc. The company was creating a game called Empire & State. In an interview with Q13 Fox, Olson billed the game as "the world’s first business and politics driven virtual world," and said it was supposed to give you "a feeling like you were Obama, or a feeling like you were the CEO of Medtronic or ExxonMobil."
“There have been generations that go to war, generations that fought for social injustice, and I think one of the things this generation needs to do is take on the burden of this economic crisis, create jobs," the young Olson said.