CATHERINE TEMPLETON HEADLINES LIST OF PALMETTO CO-CHAIRS
|| By FITSNEWS || Former Florida governor Jeb Bush‘s 2016 presidential campaign is set to announce its leadership team this week – and sources familiar with the announcement tell FITS it includes up-and-coming Palmetto political star Catherine Templeton.
The former director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), Templeton is widely praised for turning that antiquated bureaucracy around – saving taxpayers millions of dollars in the process. She’s also viewed as a leading candidate for statewide office in 2018. And organizational genius and adept messenger, Templeton is also exceedingly well-connected with the state’s business community – all skill sets which lend themselves exceedingly well to a statewide campaign organization.
Bush’s ability to earn her endorsement is a coup … especially after several rival 2016 campaigns reportedly made aggressive pitches in an effort to land her support.
“Jeb is a statesman who actually produces results,” Templeton said according to a copy of Bush’s announcement provided to FITS. “He has cut taxes, created jobs, and reformed government. There are very few leaders in our country right now that have the experience, vision, and courage of Jeb Bush. His strength will bring opportunity to everyone.”
Joining Templeton on “Team Jeb?” Veteran Upstate “Republican” powerbroker Barry Wynn, president of the Colonial Trust Company and a former finance chairman for former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint.
Bush’s South Carolina “co-chairs” list also includes the Rev. Windell Rodgers, pastor of the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and S.C. Rep. Samuel Rivers, the only black “Republican” member of the S.C. House of Representatives.
“Its fair to say that the rest of the country views South Carolina as a consultant state,” one Bush advisor told us, “but having lived here for ten years and being involved in a number of campaigns I believe South Carolina is a candidate state. Candidates win campaigns not consultants.”
Bush supporters recently announced raising nearly $115 million between the campaign and the “Right to Rise” super-political action committee (a.k.a. “Super-PAC”) – which is backing Bush’s efforts.
“Jeb and the campaign are committed to spending the time in South Carolina to run what will be more like a governors race than a presidential primary,” the advisor added. “We have a detailed plan that is aggressive, methodical and measured. We are building a campaign organization that will be unrivaled and we will have significant resources to do what it takes to win.”
Early polls have shown Bush and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker emerging as the two early frontrunners in South Carolina, which host the nation’s “First in the South” presidential primary every four years. Of course those polls were taken before the rapid, recent rise of billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump – whose war with the Mexican government (and the politically correct police here in America) is going swimmingly.
Bottom line? Whether it’s against another establishment “Republican,” a Tea Party favorite or a well-funded, filterless candidate like Trump, Bush has a huge fight on his hands in South Carolina …