Mass. House speaker to Facebook: Come home

Associated Press Published: May 16, 2012

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has a message for former Harvard undergrad and billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: Come home.

DeLeo told reporters Wednesday that he has a vision of Facebook moving its headquarters to Massachusetts, where the social media website was founded in Zuckerberg's Harvard dorm room. He said having Facebook headquartered in the state would boost the local economy and technology industry.

"To see a gentleman such as Mark Zuckerberg, who started here in Massachusetts and is now in California, it bothers me," DeLeo said. "He should be here in Massachusetts."

The Winthrop Democrat said a lot has changed since Zuckerberg left Massachusetts for Silicon Valley in 2004, taking jabs at California's multibillion-dollar deficit while the Bay State has continued to pass balanced budgets. He said he believes Massachusetts is "the place to be right now" to start or grow a company.

He pointed to a jobs bill he's pushing that he says will strengthen the state's innovation economy.

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