Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a pro-wrestler turned actor, has previously discussed the possibility of running for the office of president in 2020. What initially began as a joke later became more serious, as Johnson expressed discontent with some of President Donald Trump’s tactics. Now, a campaign committee supporting Johnson’s potential run has been officially filed.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the “Run The Rock 2020” campaign committee has been filed with the Federal Election Commission. The forms assert the committee is not authorized, meaning there are no direct ties to Johnson and the creation of the campaign committee is not confirmation that Johnson intends to run.
Kenton Tilford of Wheeling, West Virginia, filed for the committee. “I’m just a private citizen unaffiliated with Mr. Johnson, but I’ve talked with many who believe he can deliver the leadership America needs,” said Tilford during an interview.
Tilford is hoping the creation of the campaign committee will bring potential Johnson supporters together, and encourage The Rock to run in 2020.
“While there has been significant discussion of the possibility of The Rock running for president, there is currently no avenue for supporters to channel their energies and get Mr. Johnson to notice the groundswell of support he has in the grassroots,” said Tilford.
“By starting Run The Rock 2020, I hope to harness that energy and help persuade Mr. Johnson that American needs his leadership now.”
Johnson has previously taken Trump to task for choosing “noise” over “poise,” and stated during an interview with GQ in June that he hadn’t “ruled out” politics.
“I can’t deny the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring,” said Johnson.
The Rock also admitted during an appearance on Jimmy Fallon that he was “blown away” by how many people appear to support him potentially running for office.
Johnson was previously listed as a Republican but has since changed affiliations, registering as an independent. Tilford, a registered Democrat, says Johnson’s party selection doesn’t concern him, stating, “Donald Trump was a liberal, a Democrat, and an independent at various times and now he’s governing as a reliable conservative Republican.”
Tilford went on to say, “What matters to me is Mr. Johnson’s respect and advocacy for all Americans.”
“People from all walks of life and all political persuasions can get behind a candidate like Mr. Johnson.”