Committee files to draft ‘The Rock’ for president in 2020

FILE - In this May 26, 2015, file photo, Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of "San Andreas" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Johnson told GQ for a story published May 10, 2017, that he is seriously considering a run for president. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

WHEELING, WV (WCMH) — There’s now an official campaign committee to get actor and former WWE star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson elected as president in 2020.

Wheeling resident Kenton Tilford, 26, formally created the campaign committee called “Run The Rock 2020,” according to Federal Election Committee records.

“I’ve been discussing (this committee) with friends for some time, but I ultimately decided to create the committee because America is incredibly divided,” Tilford told CNN in an email interview. “I’m a fan of The Rock. He’s an amazing entertainer and the causes he champions (for example Veterans advocacy) are truly inspiring to me. … Of course, he doesn’t have the experience in government that has been typical… His broad, uniting appeal is without parallel in our divided country.”

There’s also now a Twitter account called “Draft the Rock” that describes the committee as “a grassroots movement to send The People’s Champion to the White House in 2020.”

The Rock hasn’t officially responded, but he was open to the idea back in May when he told GQ a run for president is “a real possibility.” He also said he would truly be a people’s president.

“The responsibility as president — I (would]) take responsibility for everyone. Especially when you disagree with me,” Johnson said. “If there’s a large number of people disagreeing, there might be something I’m not seeing, so let me see it. Let me understand it.”

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