French neighbors say he’d be a great presidential candidate; others not so much

The notion of Tennessee-based lawyer and conservative activist-author David French as a presidential candidate is getting something short of rave reviews in national media since floated by Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard previous post HERE). But his hometown newspaper in Columbia reports that some of French’s neighbors – he “lives in Zion Crossings with his wife, Nancy, and three children” — think that’s a good idea.


French and his family were not home when The Daily Herald visited Tuesday. His house sitter said French was vacationing in New York for a month. Friends and neighbors said French would be a Christian voice in the election.

“David is a man of character and integrity,” said Columbia pastor Russ Adcox, who went to school with Nancy French at Lipscomb University as an undergraduate. “I know he would run a principled campaign if he got involved.“

How serious is he about a third-party run? I’m not sure. But it would be exciting if Columbia had someone in the race,” said Adcox, pastor at Maury Hills Church.

French is serving his second, three-year term on Zion Christian Academy’s board of directors. He and his family moved to Maury County 10 years ago, closing on his home in June 2006, according to public records.

All three of French’s children attend Zion, with his oldest daughter and son, Camille and Austin, attending the high school. His youngest daughter, Naomi, is in first grade. They’re members of Zion Presbyterian Church.

“We know David really well. Our families are good friends and go to church together,” Zion Christian Athletic Director Paul Brenner said. “Words like integrity and honesty come to mind in describing him.

“He’s obviously very intelligent and loves this country,” Brenner said of French, a graduate of Harvard Law School and a major in the U.S. Army Reserve. “He is honest. He is a great friend. He’s just a great guy.”

… French worked for Romney’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. He formed a group called “Evangelicals for Mitt.” …. “I know David French to be an honorable, intelligent and patriotic person,” Romney wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to following what he has to say.”

Note: For national media on French as a candidate, see, for example:

The Wall Street Journal: Republican political donors and strategists seeking a conservative alternative to Donald Trump in the presidential race aren’t rallying to the latest proposed candidate, Tennessee lawyer David French, according to people familiar with talks to recruit another contender.

Conservative activist Erick Erickson, a Trump critic, said on his radio show Wednesday that Mr. French—so unknown he didn’t have a Wikipedia page until Tuesday—isn’t the answer because he can’t raise enough money to be competitive and would give Mr. Trump a scapegoat if he loses the general election.

The Hill: The surprising reports that ‘Never Trump’ Republicans could turn to conservative writer David French to launch an independent bid for president left many Washington insiders with some urgent questions. Chief among them: Who is this guy and where did he come from?

Politico has a rundown on French’s views on various issues, HERE.