RAND PAUL SUPPORTERS MOCK ESTABLISHMENT FRONTRUNNER
|| By FITSNEWS || Given our inside look at some of the ridiculousness accompanying last weekend’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., the results of the gathering’s straw poll shouldn’t interest us all that much.
But it’s a slow news day so …
For those of you keeping score at home, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul won the poll (as he did in 2013 and 2014) – garnering the support of 25.7 percent of attendees this go-round. That placed him ahead of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (21.4 percent), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (11.5 percent) neurosurgeon Ben Carson (11.4 percent) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (8.3 percent).
What makes Bush’s fifth-place finish especially disappointing?
According to reporter Jonathan Martin of The New York Times, Bush “bused in backers” for the event.
“Bush’s supporters organized caravans of his Washington backers to attend his speech, and they cheered whenever anyone else booed,” Martin reported.
Meanwhile reporter Betsy Woodruff of Slate obtained emails showing Bush’s “Right to Rise PAC” was organizing transportation for Bush backers to the event.
One CPAC attendee confirmed seeing the buses arrive.
“Multiple buses,” the source told us, adding that they entered the facility via a “back, sealed entrance.”
Rand Paul supporters openly mocked Bush’s efforts.
“What’s worse than a distant fifth in (CPAC’s) straw poll? Busing in paid supporters to skew vote and STILL finishing fifth,” S.C. Senator Tom Davis – a Paul supporter – wrote on his Facebook page.
Of course back in Davis’ Palmetto State – where old timers loyal to the GOP establishment still dominate the electorate – Bush is running neck-and-neck with Walker for first place according to recent polling.