Talk about inside games.
Despite bylaws and handbooks written by Americans Elect forbidding the Americans Elect organization, its leadership and its staffers from speaking or acting to promote a presidential candidate, it was confirmed earlier today that a day after David Walker was introduced to the country as an Americans Elect presidential contender, Americans Elect sent out a press release singing his praises. Americans Elect and David Walker met more than once before their pair of press events.
And now George W. Bush’s former campaign manager, Mark McKinnon, is getting in the game. He’s listed as as part of the Americans Elect Leadership, the ranks of which David Walker has just joined too. Americans Elect “Leader” Mark McKinnon posted an article at The Daily Beast yesterday at which he writes:
What if the presidential candidates in November turned out to be Jeb Bush, former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, and Barack Obama?
David Walker, a cofounder of No Labels, and founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, knows more about the federal budget and deficit than anyone running. He also has common sense ideas on how to solve our fiscal problems. Walker could be on the Americans Elect ballot, perhaps as the vice presidential nominee. It’s easy to see that whoever gets nominated on the Americans Elect platform, which demands by its rules a unity pick to balance the ticket, would find Walker a very attractive running mate.
Despite all the Americans Elect neutrality pledges, Americans Elect leaders can’t seem to help but push their own favorites.
The inadvertent message Americans Elect is sending to the public right now is that it can’t be trusted, a problem considering that Americans Elect corporate officers will be counting the votes of their own election process. If Americans Elect wants to bridge the trust gap, it needs to begin to make disclosures, now.
Who are Americans Elect funders? Do they include David Walker’s funder, Pete Peterson, who contributed to Americans Elect’s predecessor Unity08?
What did Americans Elect discuss with David Walker when it met with him? What were the terms of David Walker joining the Americans Elect leadership?
Americans Elect can choose to be forthright and answer these questions. If it withholds information from the Americna public, it should not be surprised at the public reaction it receives as facts emerge, drip by daily drip.