“Netural” Americans Elect Promotes Potential Candidate David Walker Through Press Release

Americans Elect has an official policy of neutrality (rule 6.1) when it comes to which candidate should get the Americans Elect nomination.  Yet one day after Tom Friedman wrote a fawning New York Times column promoting David Walker as a potential presidential candidate (without mentioning Walker’s membership on the AE board), I received this press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOARD MEMBER DAVID WALKER EMBOLDENS VOTERS TO FACE THE CRITICAL CHALLENGES OF OUR NATION
WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 20, 2012 – Dave Walker knows the facts, the truth and the tough choice we face in connection with our nation’s poor finances and other key challenges. As the nation’s former chief auditor and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office for almost 10 years, Walker has front-line experience in connection with the many challenges and partisan gridlock in Washington that literally threaten our nation’s and our families’ futures. Walker’s three presidential appointments from Reagan, Bush and Clinton, combined with his many years of private and non-profit leadership experience, and his engagement with Americans in all 50 states, led him to Americans Elect, where he now serves as a member of the Advisory Board.

Walker currently serves as Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, which engages the public and policymakers on fiscal issues and nonpartisan solutions that can achieve bipartisan support. Walker understands that Americans Elect’s online nominating process for president combined with its independence from the two major political parties has the ability to shock the current political system in a positive manner.

Walker is an author of three books, a national co-founder of No Labels, a member the Accounting Profession’s Hall of Fame, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Trilateral Commission. His experience in these areas make him an important resource for Americans Elect moving forward.

“This nation has faced great challenges in the past, and it’s always risen to successfully address those challenges. It’s time to do so again.” said Walker. “Americans Elect is providing the American people with more choice and competition in connection with the nation’s two highest offices. It offers an opportunity to break the partisan gridlock and to bring to life the first three words of the U.S. Constitution – ‘We the people.’”

“Now more than ever, this country needs truth, leadership and sensible, nonpartisan solutions to the key challenges that we face. The Americans Elect process will give every registered voter – no matter their party or point on the political spectrum – a say in how best to change course and right our ship of state so that our future will be better than our past.”

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