Just as US Senate candidate Beth Lindstrom, his rival for moderate GOP voters, jumped into the race Monday, businessman John Kingston made it clear he too is serious about running —
Kingston, who made his wealth as an executive of a global asset management firm, said Monday in a statement he also has another $200,000 from donors, as well as a list of eleven campaign staffers and consultants he has hired to get him launched in his first bid for public office.
His self-financing is a key component of his strategy to persuade Republicans he can run an effective campaign to win the nomination and unseat US Senator Elizabeth Warren in 2018.
“With the independent leadership John has demonstrated time and time again combined with these kinds of resources, we are the best Republican campaign to beat Elizabeth Warren,” said his campaign strategist Mark Harris.
No date has been set for his official announcement, but Harris said it will come later this year.
In addition to Lindstrom and Kingston, State Representative Geoffrey Diehl of Whitman and entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai are running. Both Diehl and Ayyadurai are strong supporters of President Trump.
Kingston will have to compete with Lindstrom for Republican moderates at the April state GOP convention, where a candidate must receive 15 percent of delegate support to qualify for the primary ballot.
Kingston left the party in 2016 and tried to get Mitt Romney to run as an independent. He has since re-enrolled as a Republican, according to his campaign.
Lindstrom too has distanced herself from Trump.