By Gerry Urbanek. The suspension of the Jeb Bush campaign last month, along with the poor performance of Sen. Marco Rubio on Super Tuesday, has caused panic amongst those who fear a Donald Trump nomination . . .
The newly created super-PAC, the “Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan,” officially filed its paperwork Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The only information associated with the PAC is that David Satterfield is the organization’s founder, though more information is expected to be released soon.
As the name implies, the super-PAC will seek to draft current Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to run against Trump for the Republican nomination. Speaker Ryan, however, says he has no intention of doing this and has repeatedly declined requests to announce a candidacy.
In response to the creation of this new super-PAC, Ashlee Strong, a spokeswoman for the Speaker, said: “He is flattered, but not interested.”
Satterfield was previously the treasurer for the late Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, who served as both a Democrat and a Republican during his time in office. Satterfield has also operated a super-PAC with ties to Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, in an effort to oppose President Obama. (Read more from “Wow: Look Who Was Just Officially ‘Drafted’ for President – It’s NOT Who You’re Thinking” HERE)
Republicans in Tailspin, Group Forms to Draft Ryan for US President
By Doina Chiacu and Megan Cassella. With U.S. Republicans sharply split over a front-runner they cannot unite behind, a new group is trying to push the country’s top elected Republican, Paul Ryan, into the White House race.
The Committee to Draft Speaker Ryan filed papers as a Super PAC with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, adding to the groups of mainstream Republican leaders and donors with a shared goal: stopping Trump.
Ryan, the House of Representatives speaker who spoke out against Trump for not quickly rejecting white supremacist support, did not appear ready to take on the role.
“He is flattered, but not interested,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email on Friday. (Read more from “Republicans in Tailspin, Group Forms to Draft Ryan for US President” HERE)