A lot of people are asking "who is David French" ever since news broke that he was being considered as the Conservative choice to run (independent?) against current presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
After a quick search we came up with a few things which may help people decide for themselves if they would consider voting for French should it appear he could be added to states' ballots in time for the election. This isn't an endorsement or even a rating from the CFP, as much as information we're looking for to help people learn more about him. Stay tuned as we may find more information as it becomes available.
David French - National Review Online
David A. French is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. A few years later, he became a lecturer at Cornell Law School and was a commercial litigation partner at the Greenebaum, Doll and McDonald Law firm.
In 2000, French began as counsel for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, focusing on religious freedom and he also did pro bono work with the (FIRE) Foundation for Individual Rights in Education's Legal Network. He was the lead attorney in a successful case defending freedom of religion at Tufts University, and also successfully challenged a speech code as being unconstitutional at Shippensburg University. In 2004, French was appointed as president of FIRE.
French is a major in the United States Army Reserve (IRR) and served as Squadron Judge Advocate for the Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment for the US Army in Iraq in 2007. He was stationed in Diyala Province and he received a Bronze Star for his service when he finished his tour in 2008.
In 2012 he became Senior Council for American Center for Law and Justice, working with the founder, Jay Sekulow in their Washington, DC office. He co-wrote the book, Rise of ISIS, A Threat We Can't Ignore with Sekulow and Robert Ash, which came out in 2015.
Since 2015, French was a staff writer for the National Review, writing on politics, social issues, religion and military affairs.
French covered the John Doe investigations for National Review, writing a series of articles about the investigations during Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's recall election. In April 2015, he wrote his first piece about the ‘home invasion’ story which was splashed in the media nationwide. He interviewed victims of the raids and detailed their versions of had happened, and it was then Fox, TheBlaze, and other conservative media picked up the story.
@DavidAFrench on twitter
His wife Nancy is an author, a 4 time NY Best seller. She’s a graduate of David Lipscomb University and New York University.
She began as a Philadelphia City Paper columnist. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Sun and Newsmax among other outlets. She regularly writes for National Review Online, Rare, and Patheos. http://nancyfrench.me/
Other articles featuring quotes or issues,
Religious liberty, http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/04/if-a-student-says-homosexuality-is-a-sin-in-school-is-it-bullying/360708/
Representing Tea Party groups vs IRS http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/13/tea-party-attorney-irs-questions-are-far-left-wish-list-scandal-is-ongoing/
Interview discussing Dr James Enstrom UCLA lawsuit (Emissions regulations junk Science in 2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1jWRF_DUnk
2012, Taking on Dr. Mike Adams lawsuit (atheist turned Christian- vs University of North Carolina-Wilmington) http://www.focusonthefamily.com/socialissues/citizen-magazine/education/dr-mike-adams-from-classroom-to-courtroom-sept-2014
2014 On Obamacare subsidies http://www.redstate.com/diary/matthewclark/2014/11/07/supreme-court-agrees-hear-major-case-cripple-obamacare/
It would be a good idea considering the people who are behind the move to promote David French as a candidate, namely Bill Kristol. It's important to note that while we at CFP believe David French is a strong Christian Conservative, and Constitutional expert, we're not so trusting of Kristol or others. There are a few too many questions which need to be answered, such as why they waited until a month before the Convention to publicly name their candidate choice, why didn't they support Ted Cruz as much when his character and family were being assaulted by the Trump campaign and why they think David French will have any more of an impact than Cruz did when it comes to being a Constitutional Conservative Candidate.
For more on Bill Kristol, and his record of failed predictions:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/.../bill-kristol-thinks-a... - some good credentials for French's beliefs here.
Kristol's Achilles heel:
"... it was obvious who would be leading the charge to defend the government’s expansive surveillance program: Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol ... If the security/warfare state is ever in question, you can always count on Kristol to run cover. And he certainly did not disappoint this weekend. Urging Republicans not to 'conflate' the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal with the NSA snooping, Kristol declared it a 'huge mistake' to suggest the NSA’s actions were intrusive and thus politically leverageable."