Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO And GOP Donor Ed Stack Mulling Independent Bid

Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
October 23, 2019 7:45 a.m.

Ed Stack, CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods and longtime Republican donor, is weighing a third-party presidential bid.

According to Politico, various matchups were tested with a focus group in southern Wisconsin to suss out the viability of a run.

Though Stack has donated thousands to benefit Republicans like then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R-UT) in 2012 and various congressmen including Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), he also sent $300,000 to a super PACĀ  supporting House Democrats in 2016 when his sister was running for a seat in New York.

He has also reached a point of disagreement with Republicans over gun control. In a high-profile move, Stack halted the sale of all assault-style rifles after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

He recently goaded Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring gun control legislation onto the floor: “I wish he’d have the guts to bring it to a vote.”

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