- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 3, 2013

An effort to draft former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano for a 2016 presidential run is picking up steam, Sunshine State News first reported.

The Virginia-based Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano for President announced last week that it had gathered almost 100,000 signatures and 36,000 likes on Facebook urging the libertarian to run as a Republican.

The effort is being led by Larry Hunter, a former Reagan White House staffer who worked with Jack Kemp and helped craft the “Contract With America,” State News reported.

“The heads of both parties are busy right now lining up establishment candidates … people who won’t ‘embarrass’ them, who won’t go too far off the good-ol’-boy grid when it comes to running the country,” the group said in a statement. “And we’ve seen where we get when we let these old bulls pick our leaders for us. We get inaction, frustration, dysfunction. We get government causing problems, then expanding still further to ‘solve’ them, then expanding still further to solve the problems the solutions themselves caused. Judge Napolitano knows better.”

The petition reads “following the retirement of Representative Ron Paul from Congress, the liberty movement is in need of a strong, principled, and intellectual leader, capable of inspiring and coalescing the various elements within the movement and the country,” State News said.

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