David French

French Won’t Make Indie Bid

David French writes in the National Review that he won’t run for president:

Here is a sentence I never thought I’d type: After days of prayer, reflection, and serious study of the possibilities, I am not going to run as an independent candidate for president of the United States.

I gave it serious thought — as a pretty darn obscure lawyer, writer, and veteran — only because we live in historic times. Never before have both parties failed so spectacularly, producing two dishonest, deceitful candidates who should be disqualified from running for town council, much less leader of the free world.

Who Is David French?

Rick Klein: “David French is, without doubt, a patriot and a scholar who has something important to contribute to the national debate, in a year where that debate craves some substance. That is not, by itself, enough to make him a credible candidate for president of the United States. As the folks behind his possible candidacy know well, running for president requires vast resources and organization even when the individual is extremely well-known, with a track record of winning elected office. Running for president starting in June, without even a Wikipedia page or a verified Twitter account, not to mention an identifiable electoral base – it just doesn’t work that way.”

“If the intention is not to simply try to deny Donald Trump the presidency, but to actually line up behind a candidate who can win, does anyone truly believe David French is the answer?”

Kristol Eyes Conservative Lawyer for Indie Run

“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,” Bloomberg reports.

“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.”