While First Lady Michelle Obama and the president have repeatedly shot down the notion that the first lady would ever consider running for political office — let alone the presidency — that hasn’t stopped political committees from filing with the Federal Elections Commission to support a potential candidacy.
One of the groups, Ready for Michelle PAC, filed with the elections commission on Oct. 31 and says on its website that its goal is to “get the ball rolling by identifying a network of supporters, volunteers, and donors” to support the first lady should she seek public office. Donald Garrett, who leads the group, told ABC News that the group has currently collected about 1,000 signatures though an online petition, in addition to just under $1000.
The only catch, as the group itself acknowledges, is that the first lady would have to be convinced to run.
“If she can be convinced to run, we can provide her with an early advantage against any opponents,” the website says.
But that could be a tall order.