With just days to go before the major Republican primaries in states such as Florida and Ohio, the GOP establishment is becoming increasingly desperate to stop frontrunner Donald Trump. Since it’s become clear that neither Ted Cruz nor Marco Rubio stand a chance against The Donald, new reports suggest the Republican candidate is considering entering a new candidate in the race.
According to The Political Insider, sources have confirmed that a major group of Republican donors and insiders are working hard to convince former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (a Republican) to run for President. The plan is currently to have Rice run as an independent, but this could change Republican convention in Cleveland ends up being hotly contested.
The details of the plan were explained in a a memo that leaked this week.
“The reality of the matter is that we will have President Trump or President Clinton — if we don’t have President Rice,” read the memo, which was written by Joel Searby, a consultant with Florida-based GOP firm Data Targeting “We have been in touch with Dr. Rice through her chief of staff. She is reluctant at this stage. We are asking for anyone wanting to assist to encourage her to run.”
The GOP is so serious about convincing Rice to run that she already has an informal campaign team and list of potential donors. The memo also includes a list of a partial roster of the “informal advisory group,” which includes Matthew Sawyer, a Dallas-based attorney specializing in ballot access; David Nolte, a media consultant; Mohammad Jazil, an attorney with Hopping Green & Sams; and Sarah Bascom, a Tallahassee-based Republican communications consultant.
The group of people behind this has purposely been kept small, as donors want to keep a small inner circle during the early stages.
“You will note the obvious absence of the beltway pundit set, the super consultants and 501(c)4 gurus,” Searby wrote. “We have tremendous respect for many of them … but for now, it’s clear from the donors supporting this that they are wanting a lean, men, clear look at this, without back-channel drama or vendor infighting.”
The GOP establishment believes Rice is the only person who polls well enough to win in a threeway race with Trump and Hillary Clinton. Her favorability is at least 15% higher than negatives in every battleground state, and she is a minority who could win over voters who don’t usually vote Republican.
Rice will have until May to make her final decision and turn in the thousands of signatures she needs to enter the race. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.