January 29, 2019
Top Democrats were apoplectic Monday about what they fear will be a spoiler campaign by Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, after he said he is “seriously considering” running for president as an independent.
Many Democrats on Capitol Hill said Schultz’s campaign would only split the anti-Trump vote and deliver Trump another victory in 2020.
“It would be hurtful. History shows it would be hurtful,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in an interview Monday. Hoyer likened Schultz to Ross Perot, who helped spoil a second term in the White House for then-President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
“He ought to run as a Democrat or support a Democrat who can win,” Hoyer added.
While the former Starbucks chief has yet to make his bid official, he is making the moves of someone who is prepping for a high-level campaign. On Monday, he hired Bill Burton, a top deputy of former President Barack Obama.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 8:35 am