Is Lawyer-Author David French The #NeverTrump Movement's Secret Candidate?

  • by: Alan Duke

The secret candidate who Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol is hoping will launch an independent presidential campaign to counter Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party is David French, a conservative lawyer who writes for the National Review, according to Bloomberg Politics.

Kristol triggered a Twitter trend and a cable news mania Sunday when he tweeted that there would be "impressive" independent candidate "with a strong team and a real chance" emerging.

Bloomberg cites "two Republicans intimately familiar" with Kristol's efforts to recruit a conservative counter-candidate to stop Trump as saying "the person Kristol has in mind is David French."

French has an impressive resume' as an Iraq War veteran and author of New York Times bestseller "Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can't Ignore." French is a household name, as in french fries, french dressing and french kissing, but can not as in David French. How could he expect to get any political oxygen when Trump and Hillary Clinton are dominating the news cycles this fall? But stranger things have happened already this political cycle.

  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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