LONGTIME BUSH BACKERS UNHAPPY WITH “FIRST IN THE SOUTH” HIRE
|| By FITSNEWS || There’s a rift within the campaign of former Florida governor Jeb Bush over his top hire in early-voting South Carolina.
Against the advice of several key members of his Palmetto State organization, Bush’s campaign has hired Taylor Hall – a former Nikki Haley staffer – to lead his “First in the South” endeavors.
The hiring of the 27-year-old operative was staunchly opposed by “well respected, longtime Bush family supporters,” one source familiar with the dust-up tells FITS.
“(Bush’s) people had said they planned to bring in someone from out of state,” the source added.
Hall was Haley’s cabinet liaison through February 2012 – when he left her office to take a job with the S.C. Republican Party. However the party dumped him two months later after he was caught working with the governor’s chief of staff Tim Pearson in an effort to recruit candidates to run against GOP incumbents, including former S.C. House majority leader Jimmy Merrill.
After that, he got a job with Haley’s political action committee – The Movement Fund.
Haley – a former Tea Partier – has been tight with Bush’s campaign (although not always to its benefit). Of course she’s also been tight with the campaign of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, viewed by many as the favorite to receive her endorsement in the event he can maintain his early “First in the South” frontrunner status.