Jeb Bush in 2020, anyone?
Sources close to Jeb Bush’s failed run at the 2016 presidency say the “low-energy” candidate has been back in touch with supporters. They believe he’s popping up to “feel them out” for another run and, according to at least one big contributor, they’re in!
“Bush has been quietly making telephone calls to his supporters, bundlers and donors, to talk about the state of the county and the economy, and the energy business, why would he do that?” asks one insider, who concludes “he’s running in four years.”
Before he was trounced by Donald Trump, Bush raised $ 160 million (when adding in super PAC money), for a GOP primary run that fell flat when the bombastic Trump labeled him a “low-energy” candidate.
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But according to our insiders — who told us Bush would run more than six months before he announced his candidacy in June 2015 — Jeb is poised to make one more grab for the gold ring.
“These are not volunteers, these are not robo-calls, this is Jeb personally making these calls,” we’re told.
According to our spy, who hadn’t heard from Bush “in months” before getting a phone call in late summer, the 63-year-old former governor has not mentioned running again, though consensus among “the Republican Establishment,” we’re told, is that the two candidates who will be debating on Monday night are both one-term material at best.
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“They’re convinced that the country will want a change in four years,” we’re told. Our insider doesn’t see Bush settling for local office.
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“This would be his last rodeo,” we’re told of the 2020 campaign. “He’s not going to run for President at 71 or 75.”
Our political insider says a “low-energy” candidate may be just what the Republican party needs after the 2016 circus they’re suffering through now.
“He’s keeping in touch with his donors and a lot of them are ready to back him,” we’re told. “They think America got gypped — they went for the flash and the trash. They think he’s learned.”
A rep for the Bush campaign could not be reached for comment.
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Source: New York Daily News