Evan McMullin is a former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference and ran as an independent presidential candidate in 2016. Now, McMullin, along with former elected Republicans and officials from the past four GOP administrations, is at the center of the discussion about the future of the Republican Party. Jacqueline Alemany, author of the “Power Up” newsletter, will interview McMullin on his plans to launch a new GOP faction or a third center-right party.

Highlights

Evan McMullin, the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference, co-hosted a call with more than 100 former GOP officials to discuss the future of the Republican Party. McMullin said 40 percent of those on the call felt that a new party was necessary while 43 percent thought that a faction should be formed to change the direction of the GOP. “I think with the vote in the Senate by the vast majority of Republicans to protect President Trump, our sense of urgency about the need for something new in some capacity has only strengthened.” (Washington Post Live)
When asked what the policy direction of a new party would be, Evan McMullin, the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference, said they would be “positioned on the center-right.” “I think you would see a vision for the party and for the country that was inclusive of a variety of types of Americans. We would define Americans, not by where our founders or our current citizens were born…but rather by our ideals and our commitment for our ideals.” (Washington Post Live)
Evan McMullin, the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference, says he thinks it’s “unlikely” that former president Donald Trump would form his own third party. “That wing of the party now controls the party, so I don’t think it has an incentive to go and start something new. I wish it would.” But he added they may get to that point if they keep radicalizing. “The [Republican] Party is on a destructive path. My goodness, it just tried to overturn an election, and it led a violent insurrection against the people. It’s hit a dark, dangerous place. What other option do we have? We’re not represented by this party.” (Washington Post Live)
When asked which Congressional candidates he would support ousting in the next election, Evan McMullin, the former chief policy director for the House Republican Conference, said Reps. Majorie Taylor Green, Andy Biggs, Jim Jordan and others would be on his list. “Those efforts are already developing and we’ll see what opportunities present themselves.” (Washington Post Live)

Evan McMullin

Evan started his career with the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. He spent much of his service overseas as a clandestine operations officer running counter-terrorism and traditional intelligence operations.

After over a decade with the Agency, Evan joined Goldman Sachs’s Investment Banking Division in San Francisco where he worked on a variety of strategic and capital raising projects in the industrial, consumer products, technology, and other industries.

In 2013, Evan returned to government service, first as a senior advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee and then as chief policy director to the Republican Conference, in the House of Representatives where he led national security, government reform, natural resources, and veterans’ healthcare initiatives.

In August 2016, Evan announced his candidacy for President of the United States as an independent conservative, attracting support for his principled defense of liberty, equality, and the Constitution. Evan selected Mindy Finn as his running mate and, after winning 21.5% of the vote in Utah, their three-month presidential campaign became one of the most successful third-party candidacies in U.S. history.

Leading Stand Up Republic with Mindy, Evan continues to defend the Constitution, democracy, and the timeless truths upon which our nation was founded at a time when they are under increasing threat.