The Rock Subject of Presidential Campaign Committee Filed with FEC

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2017

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 30: Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra are seen on stage at the 'Baywatch' Photo Call at Sony Centre on May 30, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
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A man filed a draft with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday in support of a presidential bid by actor and former WWE Superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 

According to The Hill's Robin EberhardtKenton Tilford made the official filing for a campaign committee called "Run the Rock 2020," using an address in West Virginia. Eberhardt added that "Tilford's connection to Johnson and his motivation for filing the organization is not clear."

In a May interview with GQ's Caity Weaver, The Rock said running for public office was "a real possibility" after he had weighed the prospect following a June 2016 op-ed by the Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg. Rosenberg made the case for why The Rock would have a shot at winning the presidency. 

"A year ago, it started coming up more and more," he said to Weaver. "There was a real sense of earnestness, which made me go home and think, 'Let me really rethink my answer and make sure I am giving an answer that is truthful and also respectful.' I didn't want to be flippant—'We'll have three days off for a weekend! No taxes!'"

The Rock made light of the subject during the Season 42 finale of Saturday Night Live. He joked during his monologue about running on a presidential ticket with actor Tom Hanks:

The Rock told Weaver he's registered as an independent.

The former WWE champion will have some time to decide whether he'll run for the United States' highest public office, with the presidential election scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020.

NPR's Domenico Montanaro reported in May that 129 people had already formally filed to run for president.