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Never-Trumpers: Too Late for McMullin Bid

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Monday, 08 Aug 2016 06:21 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Monday's shocker that onetime House staffer Evan McMullin would run for president — thereby stopping the Trump train — drew an unusually high amount of press coverage as expected.

But the "Never-Trump" movement greeted the announcement with a collective yawn. The group had praise but was generally unimpressed.

"I don't really know anything about McMullin other than his name," Liz Mair, founder of the first Never Trump political action committee, told Newsmax. "But, look, anyone who wants to deprive Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump of votes sounds like an upright, ethical person."

Mair, who now supports Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and heads up "Republicans for Johnson-Weld," predicted that McMullin would "get some votes from more super-high-information, politically-connected hawkish Republicans who would otherwise be voting for Hillary Clinton at this stage."

"Too little, too late," agreed Ann Womble, former Lancaster County, Pa. GOP chairman in the Keystone State. "He has no name recognition and it is unlikely he will qualify for many state ballots."

Womble, an early backer of businesswoman Carly Fiorina for the nomination, added that the "the time to have stopped Trump from the inside was before the primaries."

Much has been written about just how many state ballots late-starter McMullin can obtain access to. Newsmax contacted Richard Winger, editor of "Ballot Access News," who told me "23 deadlines have not passed. But some of them are on Wednesday, Aug. 10."

Specifically, Aug. 10 is the filing deadline for a new party or an independent presidential bid in five states — Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, and New Hampshire — and the District of Columbia.

As to whether there are the resources required to gather enough signatures on petitions to get McMullin on the ballots of some of these states, the answer is "perhaps." According to several published reports, the principle force behind this latest insurgent candidacy is Better for America, a 501(c)(4) organization funded in part by Boston businessman and Mitt Romney fund-raiser John Kingston.

In addition, former Mormon missionary McMullin, 40, is well-connected personally from his years in the CIA and at Goldman Sachs. Until announcing his candidacy Monday morning, he was chief policy director of the House Republican Conference.

The decision of the little-known McMullin to start an insurgent bid is the last chapter in the saga of Republicans disgusted by the idea of Trump as their presidential nominee. Led by "The Weekly Standard" editor Bill Kristol, the anti-Trump forces sought out retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as the candidate of an independent presidential effort. Mattis said no in May.

One month later, Kristol and others reportedly attempted to convinced Tennessee attorney David French, a Bronze Star winner in Operation Iraqi Freedom and "National Review" contributor, to carry the independent banner. French considered it but finally said no.

Now McMullin has finally become a hoped-for alternative. But, based on the reaction from their own ranks, he may be "too little and too late."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 

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Monday's shocker that onetime House staffer Evan McMullin would run for president — thereby stopping the Trump train — drew an unusually high amount of press coverage as expected. But the "Never-Trump" movement greeted the announcement with a collective yawn.
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