Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has moved quickly to pick up some key members of Lindsey Graham’s financial network in South Carolina after Graham suspended his campaign.
Graham’s withdrawal from the 2016 race for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday has opened up some opportunities for his former rivals, particularly in his home state of South Carolina.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins, a veteran fundraiser who was Graham’s state finance chairman, has signed on to help Bush, a campaign official said.
Nine other members of Graham’s operation have also chosen to help Bush, including three co-chairs of Graham’s state finance operation. These include Eddie Floyd, Anita Zucker and Bob Royall, the official said.
In New Hampshire, which holds the first-in-the-nation primary on Feb. 9, Bush picked up the support of Pam Patenaude, a former Graham delegate in the state.
This has a “band-aid on a bullet wound” feel to it. Grabbing the best from a campaign that never got traction to “help” one that has been in free fall since its candidate first started spending quality time with the public doesn’t seem to come with a lot of upside.
Then again, maybe Team Jeb! has been down so long that everything looks like up to them.
Veteran establishment Republican fundraisers and consultants are often just interchangeable, mindless amoebae that move from one failed candidacy to another, which is a big reason for Trump’s rise. People are tired of the same old, same old.
In Jeb’s case, even the candidate looks tired too.