An Iraq War veteran mulling a third-party presidential bid has dropped out of the race before ever getting in.
David French, a former Army Reserve officer working with the “Never Trump” movement, wrote in the conservative National Review on Sunday that he would not launch an independent presidential run, despite support from peers frustrated with the success of Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
“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,” he wrote in the piece.
“Given this reality, it would be tempting to say that when it comes to confronting this national moment, ‘somebody’ stepping up is better than nobody. But somebody is not always better than nobody. I’m on record saying that Mitt Romney could win. I believe others could run and win, and would make excellent presidents.”
But French does not see himself as that candidate.
“I thank God for the successes I’ve had as a lawyer and a writer, but it is plain to me that I’m not the right person for this effort,” he wrote.