Dick's CEO eyes third-party presidential bid: report

Dick's CEO eyes third-party presidential bid: report
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The CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods is reportedly considering a presidential run as a third-party candidate.

Politico reports that Ed Stack, a longtime Republican donor, is exploring whether to enter the crowded 2020 field and has tested various messages to focus group in Wisconsin.

The focus group participants were asked to compare Stack in three-way races against President TrumpDonald TrumpGuardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump Schumer vows next steps after 'ridiculous,' 'awful' GOP election bill filibuster MORE and either of the two 2020 Democratic front-runners, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBaltimore police chief calls for more 'boots on the ground' to handle crime wave Biden to deliver remarks at Sen. John Warner's funeral Garland dismisses broad review of politicization of DOJ under Trump MORE or Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Progressives fear nightmare scenario over voting rights assault MORE (D-Mass.).


Messaging in the focus group reportedly focused on Stack's “leadership” after he said Dick’s destroyed more than $5 million worth of guns when his company made the decision to no longer sell assault-style rifles  following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

An unidentified focus group participant who spoke to Politico said others in the group cited Stack’s age as a concern.

“[Focus group members] mentioned that if Biden’s getting the criticism that he looked old, Ed Stack didn’t look young either,” the participant said.

Stack, at 64 years of age, is younger than Trump, Biden and Warren.

The participant added that some in the focus group felt Stack “didn’t have the charisma it would take to attract a coalition that you’d need to have a chance as a third-party candidate.”

A source close to Stack downplayed his interest in a presidential bid, telling Politico: “Mr. Stack enjoys running Dick's Sporting Goods and has no plans to run for any elected office.”

Stack in recent weeks has made several speaking appearances in support of his new book, “It’s How We Play the Game.”

Last week, he also called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate GOP blocks voting rights bill Schumer, McConnell spar as GOP prepares to block voting bill Trump has 'zero desire' to be Speaker, spokesman says MORE (R-Ky.) for not bringing the House-passed gun reform bill to the Senate floor for a vote.

"I wish he'd have the guts to bring it to a vote," Stack told Business Insider.

Fellow billionaire Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, briefly jumped in the 2020 race as an independent before officially ending his bid in September.