Sporting Goods CEO Said to be Testing Waters for Third-Party Presidential Bid

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The Republican-leaning head of a Pennsylvannia-based chain of sporting goods stores, Ed Stack, is reportedly testing the waters for a third-party presidential run in 2020, according to a report Wednesday morning from Politico.

A spokesman for the CEO said Stack has no plans to run for political office, but someone is running focus groups in Wisconsin this week testing his potential to upset Donald Trump and whoever ends up on the Democratic ticket.

Politico said the roughly two-dozen participants in the focus groups were asked if they would consider supporting a third-party candidate and how Stack measured up against a slate that included Trump and either Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren. Some of those participants said they doubted whether Stack had the charisma it would take to surmount the considerable hurdles facing any third-party effort.

The billionaire Stack, who has served as the CEO of the retailer since 1984 and is a top Republican donor, stepped into the national spotlight following the 2018 Parkland, Fla. high school massacre when he announced that Dick’s would stop selling military-style rifles and high-capacity magazines and raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21. The moves drew the ire of gun rights activists and the NRA.

More recently, Stack has been promoting a new book, “It’s How We Play the Game,” and wading into the national debate over gun rights. He has been harshly critical of Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders for lacking the “guts” to tackle gun control.

A third-party bid would face tremendous logistical and financial hurdles, but has the potential to significantly disrupt the 2020 race. In 1992, an independent run by populist businessman Ross Perot was widely credited with siphoning enough votes from Republican George H.W. Bush to hand the election to Democrat Bill Clinton. Perot won nearly 19 percent of the popular vote and carried two states.

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General Confusion
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“My information came from REAL news sources; not spoon fed (or bottle fed) Socialist propaganda.” Confused James

Then you need better “REAL news sources” because this one is confusing you. The figure that I gave corrected your “REAL” number because it was exact and came from an official reporting source and was less than a week old, at that time. See the difference?

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“My information came from REAL news sources; not spoon fed (or bottle fed) Socialist propaganda.” Confused James

Then you need better “REAL news sources” because it is confusing you.

The figure that I gave corrected your “REAL” number because it came from an official, legally required reporting source and was less than a week old, at that time. See the difference?

General Confusion
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Confused James was 100% clear about what he was talking about when he said, “Trump’s campaign presently has over $300 million”, even though he was way wrong. I quoted an exact, recent amount mandated by campain law, to prove how wrong he was. By all means confirm it. You, on the other hand, are confusing His Royal Highness’ campain funds with the GOP’s which has to be divied up among all candidates. “…not considering the money the GOP has.” I Ching See the difference? As for the rest of your word salad… are you OK? You seem to be unraveling,… Read more »

Screwtape
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Ed should just do it, to steal Nike’s motto, a brand he still carries. Let’s also have Bloomberg enter and Howie Schultz re-enter. I hear De Blasio and Carlos Danger are still seeking gainful employment. No soda for you! More choice is NOT a bad thing, considering that voters normally get ONLY two. That “lesser of two evils” thing sounds good but consider what it REALLY means. What? One makes you gag and the other you’ll pinch your nose for? (or swallow a little bit, per Jill Biden in her hilariously salacious faux pas.) Imagine if you had to choose… Read more »

Screwtape
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Genital, Who clearly has no sense of finances or reality. …not considering the money the GOP has. Money counts (unless you’re a sure loser like Hillary). Clearly you cannot, which would require you to have money in the first place. I don’t need numbers, but what exactly is your debt? It sounds like you have made some really bad choices. Funny how you never mention what you do or how financially secure you are. I’m betting not secure at all. Is there a selfish, personal, grubbing reason you wish for debt forgiveness and free shit other people pay for? (that… Read more »

General Confusion
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Confused James is quoting a fictitious figure, below.

As of mid-October, his campaign has a combined total of $92,864,139 cash on hand.

James
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I’d certainly like to suggest he jump into the fray and waste his money like all those freebie peddlers/losers now riding in the 2020 clown car. Trump’s campaign presently has over $300 million to toss around with a little over a year to go.

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I looked for the complete list of ALL 2020 presidential candates. As of October 21, 2019, there are 904 candidates who filed to run, including:

– 286 Democratic candidates
– 133 Republican candidates
– 41 Libertarian candidates
– 18 Green candidates

So maybe Ed Stack asked what is one more?

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