Ex-CIA’s McMullin Launches “Third Party” 2016 POTUS Campaign

McMullinforPOTUSAlthough the Better for America website (not updated since 26 July) has yet to make the announcement, various news sources (see links below) are reporting this morning that former CIA Officer and Utah native Evan McMullin is launching a last-minute, “Third Party” campaign for President of the United States.

ABC News “Former CIA Officer Evan McMullin to Launch Independent Presidential Bid”

Ballot Access News “Better for America Finds a Presidential Nominee”

BBC News  “Evan McMullin: Independent candidate launches presidential bid”

CNN “Anti-Trump conservatives recruit candidate for WH bid” wherein CNN reporter states in the associated video: “The big selling point is his ten years as a spook.”

HotAir.com  “Meet the new #NeverTrump independent candidate”

MSNBC “Who is Evan McMullin and is he ready to challenge Trump?”

Politico “Anti-Trump Republican Evan McMullin to launch independent bid for presidency.”

Wikipedia “David Evan McMullin (born April 2, 1976) is the Chief Policy Director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives. On August 8, 2016, he announced his independent candidacy bid for President of the United States of America.”

Better for America describes its mission as: “We’re clearing a path to the presidency for an alternative candidate.”

A bare bones Evan McMullin for President website is HERE.  (Ed NOTE: it has been updated several times since this article was first published).

The Evan McMullin For President Facebook page is HERE.

On 31 May 2016, Evan McMullin gave this TEDx talk titled in London titled, “Why saying “never again” to genocide is not enough.”


43 thoughts on “Ex-CIA’s McMullin Launches “Third Party” 2016 POTUS Campaign

  1. Joseph Buchman Post author

    Wikipedia, apparently based on this story in the Federalist (http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/08/independent-presidential-candidate-lands-on-first-state-ballot/) is mistakenly reporting that Better For America gained ballot access in New Mexico on 1 July. However, Ballot Access News reports that they were 140 short of sufficient valid signatures. See:”http://ballot-access.org/2016/08/05/better-for-america-petition-for-party-status-in-new-mexico-lacks-sufficient-valid-signatures/

  2. Andy

    Not surprising that they are running a CIA guy. They should have considered the guy from American Dad.

  3. David Curtis

    Obama should have the CIA drone bomb the data center in Utah. It would show that they are good sports.

  4. Joseph Buchman Post author

    According to his LinkedIn profile (see: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devanmcmullin):

    He is currently the Chief Policy Director for the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Conference January 2015 – Present (1 year 8 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area where he manages the development and advancement of House Republican Conference domestic and foreign policy initiatives, while leading Conference policy team. Specific areas of focus have been foreign affairs, national security, technology, health care, finance, government reform, natural resources, and women’s empowerment.

    Prior to that he was the Senior Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs 2013 – 2015 (2 years) Washington D.C. Metro Area where he advised the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and other House members on issues related to the Near East, South Asia, counterterrorism, and other national security issues.

    From 2010 to 2013 he was an Investment Banking Associate with Goldman Sachs in the San Francisco Bay Area where he worked on a variety of capital raising and M&A projects and deals across several industries including technology, energy, consumer goods, biotech, industrials, and real estate.

    From 1999 to 2010 he as an Operations Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, National Clandestine Service in “Various International Locations” where he managed clandestine operations related to counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, energy, political stability, and counterintelligence, while serving mostly in hostile environments.

    He was briefly, in 2001, a Volunteer Refugee Resettlement Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Amman, Jordan where he vetted and processed UN-recognized refugees from the Middle East and Africa for resettlement to third countries.

    Finally his resume indicates his work in 1997 as a deckhand on The Cavalier (a commercial fishing vessel) 1997 – 1997 where he “mostly just did my best not to fall in as we sailed the Alaskan seas.”

  5. George Phillies

    Getting on the ballot: There can also be state Republican parties or electors that dump Trump and support another candidate.

    Of course, afterward they have to deal with Trump voters. It will be like the 1965 liberal Republicans purifying the Republican party of its tiny conservative fringe.

  6. Joseph Buchman Post author

    From the Evan McMullin Facebook page:

    “In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up. It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a better choice for President.”

  7. Andy

    CIA, Goldman Sachs, and the United Nations. Yeah, this guy is New World Order approved.

  8. Joseph Buchman Post author

    Andy @ August 8, 2016 at 11:33.

    Gotta admit, he makes Johnson/Weld look a bit less odious.

    Wonder who he will choose as his VP? Dick Cheney perhaps?!?!


  9. Andy

    Joe, that does not say much, and at least this guy is not PRETENDING to be a libertarian.

  10. Joseph Buchman Post author

    Richard Winger may want to double-check/correct me on this, but using the chart in the June 2016 issue of Ballot Access News (see: http://ballot-access.org/2016/07/10/june-2016-ballot-access-news-print-edition/) I believe this is what Evan McMullin’s ballot access process faces:

    TOO LATE – 27 states (other than as a write-in)

    Texas (9 May), North Carolina ( 9 June), Illinois (27 June), Indiana. New Mexico (30 June), Nevada (8 July), Georgia (12 July), Delaware, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina (15 July), Michigan (21 July), Washington (23 July), Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia (1 August), Massachusetts, New York, Wisconsin (2 August), South Dakota (4 August).

    DEADLINE NOT YET PASSED 23 States plus DC.

    Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Hawaii, New Hampshire, Ohio (10 August), California (12 August), Utah (15 August), Montana (17 August), Alabama, Tennessee, Iowa (18 August), Louisiana (19 August), Minnesota (23 August), Idaho (24 August), Virginia (26 August), Oregon, Wyoming (30 August), North Dakota (5 September), Arizona, Kentucky, Mississippi, Rhode Island (9 September).

  11. Cody Quirk

    The guy almost looks like a conehead, or that second monster that Frankenstein made in Penny Dreadful.

  12. Cody Quirk

    Uh, 10th of August is too late for many of those particular states, unless he has an army of petition gatherers already on the ground in all those states.

  13. Joseph Buchman Post author

    Among the states where ballot access deadlines have not yet passed, I would assume the Evan McMullin/Never Trump campaign would target only those states that Trump or HRC are projected to win by narrow margins to either stop Trump or to shore up Clinton.

    It looks to me, based on current projections of the likelihood of victory, those states would be in order of importance: 1) Arizona, 2) Iowa, 3) Ohio, 4) New Hampshire, 5) Mississippi, 6) Alaska, 7) Montana, 8) North Dakota, 9) Utah, 10) Virginia, 11) Colorado, 12) Minnesota.

    Then that ranking would be adjusted based on the electoral college votes at stake, the number of signatures (per day) required, plus other factors. the most significant of which is McCullin’s status as a returned LDS missionary and member of the Church especially in Arizona (emphasizing its importance at the top of this list) as well as Utah and Idaho (given their significant LDS populations). Although his status as an unmarried (never married?) 40 year old male will (at least in my experience living here, likely) raise some questions and concerns among at least some Utah/LDS voters. This would be a stronger threat here if he had a photo with a wife and a bunch of happy, successful kids, I’d think.

    I’d assume they would not target states where either HRC or Trump have an 85 percent or greater current chance of winning.

    I would assume, if they have more or less unlimited funding, that they might challenge other state deadlines in court where the race is also relatively close (eg. Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri and perhaps Texas). They would also be reaching out to other parties with ballot access who might be willing to submit McMullin as their candidate where those deadlines have not yet passed.

    Current Projections.

    Trump Projected to win

    Arizona 52%
    Mississippi 75%
    Alaska 76%
    Montana 77%
    N. Dakota 79%
    Utah 82%
    Tennessee 89%
    Kentucky 89%
    Louisiana 93%
    Wyoming 95%
    Idaho 96%
    Alabama 98%

    HRC Projected to win

    D.C. 99%
    Hawaii 99%
    California 99%
    Rhode Island 95%
    Oregon 92%
    Connecticut 91%
    Minnesota 85%
    Colorado 84%
    Virginia 83%
    New Hamp. 72%
    Ohio 71%
    Iowa 71%

  14. Richard Winger

    McMull is free to sue the states with June deadlines, as well as Texas (the only state with a May deadline) and I think he would win those lawsuits. Four states have June deadlines.

  15. Joseph Buchman Post author


    Could he win them in time to then gather signatures to get on the ballot, or when you win such a suit, is the signature requirement typically dropped?

  16. Curt Boyd

    Doesn’t Rocky De La Fuente have a few lawsuits going on in the early states? I would think McMullin’s lawyers would want to get in on those suits as well. Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, and I think California, all have cases pending from De La Fuente.

  17. Cody Quirk

    One thing is for sure, if McMullin gets on in Utah, it will take away votes from Darrell Castle for sure; I can see the hard-right ‘constitutionalist’ vote split over both candidates.

  18. Richard Winger

    Generally when a court strikes down a ballot access hurdle shortly before an election, the plaintiff will be put on the ballot by the court if the plaintiff demonstrates that he or she has voter support. Eugene McCarthy got put on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate in 1976, without having to petition, in Delaware, Florida, Oklahoma, and Texas. It was the US Supreme Court that put him on in Texas.

  19. Just Some Random Guy

    I am not sure what the purpose of this is. If the goal is simply to propose an alternative to Trump and Clinton–which is what it supposedly is–the logical thing would be to try to back an existing third party candidate (likely Johnson or Stein) rather than try to introduce someone else and further fracture third party support, decreasing the already small odds of a third party candidate doing well enough to challenge Clinton and Trump.

  20. Joe M.

    divide and control….he will put a wedge between the people and third party candidates…he can be nothing but a neocon, no different than a mitt romney or john mccain….his background speaks for itself.

  21. Jeff Becker

    RE: Suing to get on the ballot and basing reason on voter support – Tell that the the Libertarians who failed to get Bob Barr on the 2008 West Virginia ballot. Barr was obviously a well known entity. They kept petitioning after the deadline and had their lawsuit soundly rejected by the court. Rules are rules.
    PS: I see that Hillary hasn’t yet been placed on the ballot by the WVSOS. I wonder if she missed the deadline? Since Bernie defeated her in the primary, would she have had to re-file by our August 1 deadline?

  22. George Whitfield

    On the Morning Joe Show, Congressman Scott Rigell was asked about Evan McMullin. Rigell said that Gary Johnson was the real deal and talked about his successful record as Governor of New Mexico and of William Weld’s record as Governor of Massachusetts. The Johnson Weld campaign has achieved a victory in this Congressional endorsement. I thank Congressman Rigell for his candid and courageous support of the Libertarian Party ticket.

  23. Trent Hill

    I don’t think the headline is needed. “CIA’s McMullin”? He’s not part of the CIA Party. He’s not even currently in their employ. It just reads as if this were a conspiracy theorist site.

    It’s good reporting, Joseph, I wish we’d left the CIA part out though. Absolutely fine to include it in the body of the text since it’s part of his background, but weird and inappropriate to title it thusly.

  24. Andy

    Trent, there were mainstream news sources that mentioned that this guy had worked for the CIA in the title.

  25. langa

    I don’t think the headline is needed. “CIA’s McMullin”? He’s not part of the CIA Party. He’s not even currently in their employ. It just reads as if this were a conspiracy theorist site.

    Give me a break. If he were a former KKK member, would you complain about the title indicating that?

  26. robert capozzi

    Andy, any sense of why the NWO globalists are putting another candidate into this race? Insurance, if CFR-member WW and his puppet GJ are unable to ensure a Trump defeat? Some other form of agitprop?

  27. Andy

    There are likely different factions of the establishment pursuing different strategies. They have hijacked the Libertarian Party ticket, and therefore they have ensured that the Libertarian message gets watered down and/or misrepresented, but even so, they still do not want the public looking too deeply into the Libertarian Party, because there are still enough real libertarians in the Libertarian Party to where we could be a threat to the system, plus they do not want us to hit the vote test necessary to maintain ballot access in the states that have this method of remaining ballot qualified.

  28. langa

    This guy is targeting a different section of the #NeverTrump vote than Johnson and Weld.

    Johnson and Weld appeal to the “NeverTrump because he’s too much of a bigot” crowd.

    Mr. CIA is trying to appeal to the “NeverTrump because he’s not enough of a warmonger” crowd.

  29. Joseph Buchman Post author

    Trent Hill @ August 9, 2016 at 08:53

    “I don’t think the headline is needed. “CIA’s McMullin”? He’s not part of the CIA Party. He’s not even currently in their employ.”

    Its solid feedback. I’ve changed the headline. When I was first rushing to publish this, based on limited information, I was under the impression that he was still with the CIA (and how can you REALLY tell whether someone is with, or still with them). I think it’s fair to say “Ex-CIA’. I also think it’s fair to wonder (at least) if the CIA has operated as a political party, if not here in the USA, then elsewhere.

    See for example the CIA’s own website:


  30. Brad

    In other news, From Facebook:

    Roque de la Fuente has won the Reform Party nomination for President of the United States. (Reform Party National Committee)

    Fun times.

  31. RedPhillips

    Congrats to Tom for getting published at Counterpunch, but I think he is misreading NeverTrump. I really do not think that are secretly pro-Trump and are attempting to get him elected via trickery. These guys really don’t like Trump and want to see him and his “movement” repudiated. The major forces behind NeverTrump are not Establishmentarians. They are ideological gatekeepers and stakeholders who want to keep what passes for modern conservatism on script – free trade, relatively liberal immigration policies (since some don’t like the term open borders) and interventionist of foreign policy.

  32. Andy

    Red, it would be more accurate to say that they favor government managed corporate cronyist trade, forced integration of poor foreign welfare recipients to subsidize big corporations with cheap labor, and an interventionist foreign policy.

  33. Andy

    I just read Tom’s article. My comments:

    1) I do not think that Johnson/Weld have a legitimate chance of carrying any states, regardless of whether this guy is in the race or not.

    2) I doubt that these neo-cons are secretly wanting Trump to win, so they are pulling this for plausible deniability as Tom is suggesting. The more likely scenario is that they legitimately do not want Trump as President, because they fear that he will not be a controllable puppet, and they want to tilt the election to Hillary Clinton.

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