Jeb Bush Supporters Bused to CPAC By Bush Backers


When Florida Governor Jeb Bush said we should give the 11 million people who are in the country illegally a “path to legal status,” CPAC attendees roared their approval, as if they had just been told by Oprah Winfrey that they would all be receiving a new car at the end of the show.

That seemed a bit odd, since the mere mention of Jeb Bush’s name had drawn boos from those in attendance at CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — earlier in the day on Friday:


But then something changed:



Betsy Woodruff at Slate has a possible explanation for the change of heart at CPAC:

It sounds like Jeb Bush’s supporters are taking CPAC pretty seriously this year. Emails provided to Slate show that backers of the former Florida governor are busing supporters from downtown Washington D.C. to CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, and organizing to get them day passes into the event.


One of the emails that went out this morning was from Fritz Brogan, a former advance man for then-President George W. Bush who (per the Washington Post) co-hosted a fundraiser for Jeb’s Right to Rise PAC earlier this month. A Bush insider confirmed to Slate that Bush’s Right to Rise PAC is helping organize the transportation.

Keep this in mind when the CPAC Straw Poll results are released on Saturday. Each paid entrant is allowed one vote in the poll and attendees need only check in at the door in order to be eligible to vote.



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