Many Democrats welcomed information of a potential unbiased presidential bid by former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz with alarm, warning that he’s probably to assist re-elect President Donald Trump by splitting the Democratic vote in 2020.
However at the very least one distinguished Democrat seems to be aiding the billionaire as he weighs throwing his hat into the race as an unbiased.
Invoice Burton, a political advisor who beforehand served as deputy White Home press secretary for President Barack Obama, is becoming a member of Schultz’s group as a high aide and communications strategist, based on The Washington Put up’s Robert Costa.
Burton didn’t instantly return a request for remark from HuffPost.
Schultz, a self-described “lifelong Democrat,” advised “60 Minutes” on Sunday that he’s “severely” mulling a run for president as a “centrist unbiased, outdoors of the two-party system.” Throughout the interview, Schultz ripped into the Democratic Celebration, accusing it of failing to supply a possible well being care proposal. He’s additionally spoken of addressing the rising nationwide debt partly by chopping entitlement packages.
Schultz can also be being suggested by Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain’s 2008 presidential marketing campaign.
Earlier than becoming a member of the White Home, Burton labored because the nationwide press secretary throughout Obama’s 2008 marketing campaign for president and as communications director for the Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee. He later based the tremendous PAC Priorities USA Motion, which made a reputation for itself in the course of the 2012 presidential marketing campaign with devastating adverts depicting then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a rich and out-of-touch plutocrat.
Burton wrote an op-ed revealed by The Sacramento Bee in August 2016 warning concerning the risks of operating as a 3rd social gathering spoiler towards Trump.
“If [Jill] Stein or Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson eat into Clinton’s assist even just a little, that would matter in a detailed election. And in the identical manner I’d guess that Ralph Nader – or at the very least a lot of his supporters – needs that he didn’t assist to make George W. Bush our 43rd commander in chief, I suppose Stein supporters wouldn’t wish to be within the place of explaining to their youngsters how they helped make Trump president,” Burton wrote.
A number of high Democrats decried the prospect of a Schultz candidacy over the weekend, saying it could be nothing however excellent news for Trump. Former Obama Housing and City Improvement Secretary Julián Castro, who just lately introduced his marketing campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, mentioned Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Schultz should “actually take into consideration the unfavorable impression” of an unbiased bid.
A spokeswoman for Obama declined to touch upon Schultz’s potential candidacy on Monday. The previous president hardly ever weighs in on information of the day, nonetheless.
Billionaire former New York Metropolis Mayor Michael Bloomberg ― who himself is flirting with a 2020 run as a Democrat ― additionally warned third-party candidate would disproportionately threaten the Democratic nominee in 2020.
“In 2020, the nice chances are high that an unbiased would simply cut up the anti-Trump vote and find yourself re-electing the President. That’s a threat I refused to run in 2016 and we will’t afford to run it now,” Bloomberg mentioned in a press release on Monday.