Experts: Third-party Run Would Be Disaster For GOP

An independent candidate for president — as imagined by William Kristol, who reportedly pitched the idea earlier this week to former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney — would be a long shot that could end disastrously for Republicans, experts told the Herald.

Gene Chandler, a former GOP deputy speaker of the New Hampshire House, said pushing an independent candidate into the race would give the election to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell agreed, calling a GOP-led independent run “absolute insanity.”

“Who appointed Kristol as the ‘defender of conservative ideology?’ ” O’Connell asked. “There’s no way a third-party candidate can win or have anybody but Hillary Clinton win.”

Read more from Brian Dowling at the Boston Herald

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