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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he’s no longer considering an independent presidential bid.

Schultz said Friday in a letter posted on his website, “I have concluded that an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country at this time.”

Schultz said “there is an undeniable appetite for meaningful political reform in America” and that he “had hoped to represent this common-sense view,” but ultimately the support for him to make an independent run had not emerged since he first announced in January that he was considering it.

“[N]ot enough people today are willing to consider backing an independent candidate,” he said, “because they fear doing so might lead to re-electing a uniquely dangerous incumbent president.” He agreed with the “considerable concern that four more years of a Trump administration pose a graver threat to our democracy than four more years of political dysfunction.”

Schultz announced in June he was taking a “detour” from a possible independent 2020 bid, citing health concerns. The billionaire businessman said at the time he’d revisit his presidential ambitions after Labor Day.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Screenshot from Aug. 25, 2020 edition of Daily Kos / Youtube

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

A federal district judge in New York ruled Monday that the U.S. Postal Service has to treat election mail as a priority, another loss for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in the courts. The judge, Victor Marrero, also ordered that overtime and extra deliveries had to be permitted by the USPS as election mail demands. This came in a suit brought by several candidates for office and New York voters against Donald Trump and DeJoy.

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