Jeb Bush has floundered during debates and hasn’t reached the levels of success his donors expected. Despite his weak debate performances, he seemed like a nice person. This next story published in US News might indicate otherwise.
US News reported that Jeb Bush passed out a 112-page internal document to select reports including them – a left-leaning publication – which includes a rosy picture of his campaign and dirt on Marco Rubio.
US News calls it new dirt but it sounds like the old dirt rehashed.
Bush’s campaign is flailing and his donors are ready to bolt and the most likely person to receive his donors is Marco Rubio.
Included in the 112-page document is a 45-page PowerPoint presentation given to select reporters, including his argument against Sen. Marco Rubio. “It also contains more biting, detailed slights, pointedly questioning the character and ethics of Bush’s home state rival,” US News reported.
The information is allegedly information obtained during the vetting process when Romney was considering him as a Vice Presidential candidate.
Verbatim from US News:
“Marco Is A Risky Bet”
While the slides released to the press highlight Bush’s Sunshine State endorsements and Rubio’s lack of experience, another page for donor edification gets dirtier.
It’s titled “Marco Is A Risky Bet,” and it bullet-points Rubio’s “misuse of state party credit cards, taxpayer funds and ties to scandal-tarred former Congressman David Rivera.”
When Rubio was a state lawmaker, he used the state party credit card for personal expenses, a decision he later called a mistake. In 2005, he and Rivera jointly purchased a home that later faced foreclosure.
Another bullet point says Rubio’s “closeness with Norman Braman, who doubles as personal benefactor[,] raises major ethical questions.”
Braman, a billionaire auto dealer, is expected to pour $10 million into Rubio’s White House endeavor, The New York Times reports. He’s also paid Rubio’s wife to oversee his charitable work.
The Bush team also mocks Rubio’s “tomorrow versus yesterday” argument as one that would be “widely ridiculed by media” should he run against the first potential female president.
The most cryptic slight is left for last: “Those who have looked into Marco’s background in the past have been concerned with what they have found.”
If Marco Rubio does turn out to be the candidate, Jeb Bush has just given the left-wing mainstream media ammunition to destroy him.
This might explain what happened during last night’s debate. Marco Rubio responded so well to a question about his absence from the Senate while he’s running his campaign that he drew loud applause. Despite this, and inexplicably so, Bush launched an attack against him for missing votes that fell flat.
Whoever is running Jeb Bush’s campaign should be fired.
Still Jeb Bush said he’s not demonizing Marco Rubio.