On Sunday, May 29th, Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, tweeted out, “Just a heads up over this holiday weekend: There will be an independent candidate–an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”
As promised, only a few days later, on Tuesday May 31st, rumors began to float around regarding who that candidate would be. David French’s name quickly started to trend. Nothing is confirmed, but NBC news sites multiple sources who say French is interested in running. This has generated a large response from all sides of the political spectrum.
An exciting idea to some, an impossible proposition to others; but what really stands out is how many people truly do not know who David French is.
David French is a writer, an attorney, lecturer, senior counsel man for multiple organizations, and a major in the US Army Reserve. Impressed? Well that’s just the brief, brief, summary of who David French is.
- Graduate of Harvard Law (1994)
- He has authored multiple books. The most notable, “Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore,” was co-written with Jay Sekulow, Jordan Sekulow, and Robert Ash. It recently became a #1 New York Times Bestseller.
- French served as a senior counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice and also the Alliance Defending Freedom.
- Lecturer at Cornell Law School
- He was the President of Fire, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, from .
- His military career is as extensive as his other accolades. He currently is a major in the Army Reserves. In 2007, French was awarded the Bronze Star when he
I am not making a personal argument towards whether or not a third party would be beneficial or detrimental to the Republican party, but I will argue that French is a great example of an American citizen who truly feels passionate about his country. The problem remains, if he runs as a third party candidate, is the sole fact that many Americans have no idea who he is.
Aside from French, Bill Kristol has suggested Tom Cotton, Mitt Romney, and Ben Sasse as possible third party candidate options. Romney, Cotton, and Sasse have all declined the invitation to run, and the public is anxiously awaiting French’s response.
My question: is it too early to endorse Sasse 2020 or French 2020?