Bill Kristol is still saying that there will be an “impressive” independent Republican running against Trump in the general election and Bloomberg News reports that it could be a blogger here at Patheos, David French. He and his wife Nancy blog in one of the Christian portals.
Two Republicans intimately familiar with Bill Kristol’s efforts to recruit an independent presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have told Bloomberg Politics that the person Kristol has in mind is David French — whose name the editor of the Weekly Standard floated in the current issue of the magazine.
French is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the website of National Review, where French is a staff writer, he is a constitutional lawyer, a recipient of the Bronze Star, and an author of several books who lives in Columbia, Tenn., with his wife Nancy and three children.
Reached in Israel late Tuesday afternoon, Kristol declined to comment on his efforts to induce French to run. The two Republicans confirmed that French is open to launching a bid, but that he has not made a final decision. One of the Republicans added that French has not lined up a vice-presidential running mate or significant financial support.
However, according to this person, some conservative donors look favorably on the prospect of French entering the fray.
Very interesting. French was once a counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom (nee Alliance Defense Fund) and was also one of the leaders of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a group I have praised in the past on some things. On the plus side, this could help French get his own Wikipedia entry. So he’ll have that going for him. Which is nice.