Evan McMullin, a Republican and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) veteran who is the chief policy director for the U.S. House Republican conference, will run for president!
McMullin is expected to announce an independent bid, and is being promoted by Veteran Republican strategist Rick Wilson along with major Republican donors, according to sources.
Just like Trump, McMullin is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman from Florida and host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was first to report the pending announcement.
Scarborough said the independent presidential candidate would aim to get on 20 to 30 state ballots, adding that he personally thinks the campaign “has more to do with stopping Donald Trump than actually electing a president.”
“Certainly they still believe they can go past the 270 [electoral votes] threshold so this person will be able to be in debates,” Scarborough said.
McMullin served in the national clandestine service at the CIA for 11 years, ending in 2010, where he managed clandestine operations related to counterterrorism and other issues, according to his LinkedIn profile.
He then went to work at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, before working for two years as a senior advisor at the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a little under two years as chief policy director at the House Republican Conference.[…]
Republicans hoped earlier this year that an independent presidential candidate would launch a campaign as an alternative to Trump, who has fallen behind Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in polls recently. David French, an Iraq War veteran and writer at the conservative National Review, was floated as a potential candidate before he ruled out a bid in early June.
Trump has continued to catch flak during his campaign, most recently for feuding with the parents of a slain American Muslim soldier and initially declining to back Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in their primaries.
Via The Hill
Americans deserve to see @realDonaldTrump‘s tax returns immediately. If he won’t be transparent on this, how could we trust his presidency?
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) May 11, 2016
Authoritarians like @realDonaldTrump use promises of law & order to justify infringing on civil rights as they consolidate control by force.
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) July 22, 2016
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) May 7, 2016
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