Judge Napolitano Presidential Draft Effort Picks Up Steam

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: August 29, 2013 3:55 AM
Andrew Napolitano

Credit: Gage Skidmore

The effort to draft former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano, best known for his work as a libertarian pundit on Fox News for 15 years, is picking up steam.

On Wednesday, the Virginia-based Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano for President announced it had gathered almost 100,000 signatures urging him to run for president in 2016 and had garnered more than 36,000 likes on Facebook.

The "Draft Napolitano" effort is being led by Larry Hunter, a former Reagan White House staffer who worked with Jack Kemp and helped craft the “Contract With America,” which led to Republicans winning the U.S. House in the 1994 elections. Hunter also worked as a vice president and chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Hunter’s group praised Napolitano on Wednesday as a “man who will not shy from his convictions, who believes Americans should be left to handle their own affairs with minimal interference from government” and “precisely what the country needs right now.”

While the "Draft Napolitano" committee is gathering petitions for its candidate to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, it offered harsh words for the GOP and Democratic establishments.

“The heads of both parties are busy right now lining up establishment candidates … people who won’t ‘embarrass’ them, who won’t go too far off the good-ol’-boy grid when it comes to running the country,” the group insisted on Wednesday. “And we’ve seen where we get when we let these old bulls pick our leaders for us. We get inaction, frustration, dysfunction. We get government causing problems, then expanding still further to ‘solve’ them, then expanding still further to solve the problems the solutions themselves caused. Judge Napolitano knows better.”

While taking shots at the establishments of both parties, Hunter and his group have had kind words for the premier libertarian family in American politics. Former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, best known for his two bids for the Republican presidential nomination and running as the Libertarian presidential nomination in 1988, is included on the petitions the group is collecting. During the 2012 election cycle, Paul said he thought Napolitano would make an excellent running mate.

The petition reads “following the retirement of Representative Ron Paul from Congress, the liberty movement is in need of a strong, principled, and intellectual leader, capable of inspiring and coalescing the various elements within the movement and the country.”

Hunter praised U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., earlier this year when that senator launched a filibuster back in March and encouraged him to stand with Napolitano come 2016. Rand Paul is regarded one of the top Republican presidential prospects in the 2016 election cycle.

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Comments (24)

David Love
9:44AM SEP 4TH 2013
I'm in! This nation desperatly needs someone with the Judge's knowledge of the Constitution, and his conviction to keeping this country aligned with it.
The Democrats and Republicans no longer seek the wisdom of our forefathers and rely on tricks and legal dog and pony shows to get their agendas passed. Go get 'em Judge!
Mary Jo Anhalt
8:58AM SEP 4TH 2013
A Paul/Napolitano Tea Party ticket. Sounds like a winner!
Oscar Betournay
7:39AM SEP 4TH 2013
Napoliano would make a great President.
12:32AM SEP 4TH 2013
This would be quire more likely if the Judge wasn't a semi-closeted gay man. Having to publically come out of the closet during a presidential campaign isn't exactly politically favorable in a GOP primary.
David Love
10:13AM SEP 4TH 2013
Only cowards sound off as "Anonymous". Grow up and grow a pair and then real people might listen to your opinion, however stupid it may be.
11:16PM SEP 3RD 2013
I'm all in Judge if you are!
Kristen Ford-Newell
9:37PM SEP 3RD 2013
America needs you, now, Your Honor! Please consider the job, sir. Our children need heroes, too!
Billy Murray
8:59PM SEP 3RD 2013
We need somebody in there that knows how to run this country ,instead of that brain-less Apple, thats done destroyed just about everything this country ever stood for and he don't care,he is spending billions of dollars a day on bull[filtered word],and his wife,we need this monster impeached and bad.
Elaine Wilhelm
8:10PM SEP 3RD 2013
I have read some of his books and I believe he would make an excellent president. He understands the constitution and what this country was founded on. He believes in the rights of the individual as well as human rights!
Lloyd W
8:05PM SEP 3RD 2013
If he runs he has my vote.
Paul B
11:34AM SEP 2ND 2013
The Establishment will try to trash him like they did Ron Paul,......However this time maybe just maybe enough of the Bubbas have awoken to give him a 3rd Party win.
I and many I know would vote for him in a heartbeat!
Kevin C
10:48PM SEP 1ST 2013
Just off the top of my head I would think a Napolitano/Hagal ticket could be pretty reasonable.
Aldo Mysek
11:14PM AUG 30TH 2013
The illegal Uniform Commercial Code system would have to be repealed. For the uninformed, we have been under the corporate constitution that came about after the illegal ratification of the 14th amendment. All this finalized with the passage of the UCC & its illegal court system. The dual citizen power brokers & their lawyers will not let this happen. They've been undermining our country since the days of our Founding fathers. Google the missing 13th amendment & admiralty law.
Mike Czysh
9:17PM AUG 30TH 2013
The Judge may help with those who cannot stand the fact that Rand endorsed Willard-Mitt-Romney
Kevin C
10:43PM SEP 1ST 2013
Count me among them!
4:24PM AUG 30TH 2013
Yippee! I can't imagine a better choice. The country would be in shock-- a President that respects the Constitution. Congress would have to start doing it's job again (debate and vote on matters of war and bugdet).
9:10AM AUG 30TH 2013
How about Ann Coulter as his VP, or Michelle Malkin, or any of those other crazies from Fox.
7:03PM SEP 3RD 2013
The Crazies from FOX obviously not only speaks from his butt but has his head up there as well. What about the lunatics in the White house giving guns to drug dealers fast and furious, Benghazi, now arming al qaeda in Syria telling the American People there the good guys when they attacked on 9/11 and you think they're sane and competent? Kid you don't know crazy from your ass
7:22AM SEP 2ND 2013
Do you know anything about Mr. Napolitano or do you make it a habit to speak from your butt as much as you can?
10:12PM AUG 29TH 2013
Hey, it might work! The name might fool Hispanics & the left who just love that "other" Napolitano!
6:02PM AUG 29TH 2013
he has no money, nor will he get any. unless corporate american is allowed to buy politicians they are not going to back him. if he buys into that they own him.
rand paul is a disaster. he can't decide if he's a right wing republican or a libertarian which makes him unelectable and a loser at the polls.
the judge wouldn't be my first choice but he would be better than what the republicans have run the last two times.
9:55AM AUG 29TH 2013
I would be happy to vote for Andrew Napolitano for President. He is a Constitutional expert, articulate, proven knowledge of the system, strong character, principles and judgement. What's not to like about him?

Under Obama, this country "had a great fall" and Napolitano can put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Rand Paul could not become President and could be an anchor as a Veep. How can System Cogs fix anything when they are part of the problem?

Napolitano-Carson two outsiders works well.
Vic Bement
8:17PM SEP 3RD 2013
I forgot about Ben Carson.....that would be a great ticket.
Mary Jo Anhalt
9:07AM SEP 4TH 2013
Yes. We must get Ben Carson on board. Again: pick a winnable Tea Party team.

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