Fresh off the sting of losing an election they thought they had locked, some Democrats believe they have found their next golden child.
Three new PACs have formed in the past month designed to convince first lady Michelle Obama to run for president in 2020.
This comes despite President Obama’s insistence in a recent interview that Mrs. Obama would never run for public office.
The first lady herself has expressed a disdain for politics, but still the push for her to run continues.
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“I will not run for president,” she told the audience at the South by Southwest festival in March. “No, nope, not going to do it.”
A super PAC named Ready for Michelle, a take on the Ready For Hillary super Pac that formed prior to Clinton’s run, filed its paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission on Oct. 31, days before the presidential election, the Hill reported.
The PAC’s website describes its mission to convince Obama to run, identify donors and then “provide her with an early advantage against any opponents.”
The other two PACs are not super PACs and thus cannot raise unlimited funds like “Ready For Michelle” can.
Ready for Michelle 2020 and Friends of Michelle 2020 have been created within the past two weeks, according to The Hill.
And while the two newest PACs were created by political novices the Ready For Michelle PAC was formed by a federal employee, Donald Garrett and five friends.
The PAC has raised about $1,000 and gained around 1,000 signatures but since he is a federal employee Garrett himself does not handle any of the money issues.
Garrett believes Michelle Obama might change her mind and run, as other politicians have in the past.
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“I always believed that the politicians like to play coy publicly, but keep their options open,” Garrett told The Hill. “If you look at [Wisconsin Republican Rep.] Paul Ryan, when [former Speaker] John Boehner was resigning, he said ‘I don’t want anything to do with the Speakership.’ And then he changed his mind — and that’s where he is now.”
“Things in Washington change very quickly,” he said. “It’s important to be there should the wind blow in your direction.”
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