Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded — through his attorney – to a PAC that attempted to draft him for a 2024 presidential run, and he made it absolutely clear that he was not interested.
Carlson’s attorney Harmeet Dhillon sent the Draft Tucker PAC a cease and desist letter, which was obtained by Mediaite, demanding that they stop raising funds using Carlson’s name.
“It has come to Mr. Carlson’s attention that you are soliciting contributions and donor contact information from the public by representing that the funds will be used to draft Mr. Tucker to run for President in 2024,” Dhillon wrote, adding, “Mr. Carlson will not run for President in 2024 under any circumstances, and therefore your misrepresentations are damaging to Mr. Carlson and defrauding his supporters.”
“If you do not immediately cease and desist your efforts to solicit money to ‘draft’ Mr. Carlson, we will use every legal means at our disposal to vindicate his rights and protect his supporters from these misrepresentations,” the letter continued.
The PAC, according to a report from The Hill, was formed by Chris Ekstrom — a GOP donor and former congressional candidate in Texas – and filed the necessary Federal Election Commission (FEC) paperwork in late April following Carlson’s ouster from Fox News.
Ekstrom said that he wanted to draft Carlson because he worried that neither of the two likely frontrunners in the 2024 Republican primary – former President Donald Trump, who has already begun his campaign and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to announce a campaign in the coming days — would push the party far enough to the right.
“I’m very concerned that they’re going to not move the debate as far right as it ought to be,” Ekstrom told The Hill last Friday. “If Tucker Carlson entered the race in a reasonable amount of time and just continued in the same territory that he was covering at Fox, I think that’d be a rude awakening for both President Trump and Governor DeSantis.”