The PJ Tatler

Ready for Jeb? It's Going to Cost You Plenty

A cool hundred grand, in fact, should you wish to see the great man in the flesh:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will raise money on Wall Street on Wednesday at an eye-popping $100,000 per-ticket Park Avenue event hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis and his wife. The price of admission to the event, which will raise funds for Bush’s “Right to Rise” super PAC, surprised even Wall Street veterans used to high-dollar fundraisers.

The event comes as Bush continues a shock and awe approach to early 2016 fundraising that people close to the campaign say could eventually see the former governor reach a total of between $50 million and $100 million between the super PAC, a traditional political action committee and an eventual presidential campaign.

“I shook my head when I heard the number,” one senior Wall Street executive who is not attending the event said on Tuesday. Another said the event would likely draw a significant crowd and would put Bush well on a path to raise over $50 million for the super PAC alone.

Bush is moving quickly to consolidate financial support in the wealthy enclaves of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, in many cases squeezing out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Is this what our Republic has come to? Another plutocrat — this one the son and brother of past presidents — trying to crush the competition financially before they can even announce, and then go head-to-head with the wife of another past president, one with no visible qualifications for the job. If Jeb had any decency or sense of decorum he wouldn’t even think of running, but of course he doesn’t. Or is it all just a game to them?

Why people think the Bush family is honorable is beyond me.