I greatly suspect former Taxachusetts Governor William “Bill” Weld remains one the last 21st century specimen of a Northeastern Seaboard Establishment Rockefeller Republican: uber-hawkish CFR, “fiscally conservative, socially liberal,” and trying to out SJW the SWJ progressives. The Rino Weld has been strongly pro-choice for the entirety of his career, and has been a consistent supporter of LGBT rights, and the right of same-sex marriage. In many ways his career path has followed this earlier dynamic Rockefeller Republican prosecutor/governor who became presidential fodder, or even this guy. At this point one wonders if Weld will even show up as a blip on the 2020 campaign radar before the New Hampshire primary in challenging President Donald Trump for the GOP presidential nomination.
As this Wikipedia entry demonstrates, Weld is quintessential New England Yankee elite. His ancestor Edmund Weld was among the earliest students (Class of 1650) at Harvard College. He would be followed by eighteen more Welds at Harvard, where two buildings are named for the family. Weld’s father David (1911–1972) was an investment banker; his mother, Mary Nichols Weld (1913–1986), was a descendant of William Floyd, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Weld was a principal at Mintz Levin, and co-chaired the Independent Task Force on North America under the Council on Foreign Relations, which studied the liberalization of markets and free trade between the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Weld began his legal career as a counsel with the U.S. House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate impeachment inquiry, where one of his colleagues was Hillary Rodham. He and Ms. Clinton remain close friends and colleagues.
The big question is whether he will pass the #NeverTrump “smell test” from neocon grand pooh-bah Bill Kristol and his co-conspirators at the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, The Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), Commentary and National Review? Will Weld bear the imprimatur of AIPAC? Otherwise his narcissistic vanity candidacy will implode.1:23 pm on August 17, 2019 Email Charles Burris