Howard Schultz, should he run for President as an Independent, would likely take more Democratic votes away from the Democratic nominee than from the Republican Trump, and that could be the difference that elects Donald Trump to a second term.
Schultz should run, if he wants, as a Democrat. That he wants to do so as an Independent is not only self-centered and likely to be a failure (no Independent candidate has ever won for President including Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 – remember John Anderson in 1980 and Ross Perot in 1992), but it’s a cowardly act because, in my view, it seems that he doesn’t want to run competitively in the primaries against other far more politically experienced than him, despite running an international company with a strong concern for ethics and fair treatment of employees.
I hope that Schultz decides to drop this potentially disastrous run and do the responsible thing – step aside altogether or run as a Democrat in the primaries just like the 20 or so other potential candidates will do.
If he runs as an Independent, I will never step foot in a Starbucks again – and neither should any of us because we will likely be able to blame him for a 2nd Trump term!
Stephen Linesch said:
Jonn, with you 100%.
Mitch Gries said:
John, that was was first reaction to Schultz running as an Independent. I even have stock in Starbucks and feel that I would stop buying any more of their coffee.
Paul Klein said:
I completely agree with your assessment. As someone shouted at him yesterday at an event he attended, “your another egotistical billionaire a—–“.
Martin Weiner said:
Very creative idea
Wally Knox said:
Agreed! Unfortunately, I haven’t been a patron in ages. But I could still threaten.
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Marsha Pinson said:
Stephen H. Olson said:
Hi John! I totally agree with your statement that Howard Schultz should NOT run for president as an independent or third party candidate. I disagree with your suggestion people should boycott Starbucks if he runs. After all, he is no longer CEO of Starbucks, and any boycott attempt to punish him by indirectly affect the value of his Starbucks stock, if “successful,” would have a profound effect on Starbuck line employees. If store sales decrease because of a boycott, we can presume that a large number of Starbucks employees would lose their jobs.
One approach that might be less hurtful to Starbucks employees includes heavily publicizing the reasons why Howard Schultz should not run as an independent, hopefully with the effect that surveys would influence voter opposition. Other readers might have some other ways to accomplish our shared goal which would be less helpful to Starbucks employees.