“LEADING GOP SENATOR” SAID TO BE BACKING FORMER FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S BID
The flailing presidential campaign of former “Republican” frontrunner Jeb Bush will get a boost this week when it announces the endorsement of a leading GOP State Senator in early-voting South Carolina.
Sources won’t confirm the identity of the Senator prior to a press announcement on Tuesday, but we’re told it could be first-term Senator Katrina Shealy – who until recently was the lone female member of the state’s 46-person S.C. Senate.
That would make sense given Shealy’s advocacy on behalf of parental choice – one of the few areas where the former Florida governor has a better free market record than most of his “Republican” opponents.
Bush’s campaign has been in a free-fall of late, and it encountered additional gravity during last week’s GOP debate. There, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida – once Bush’s understudy – deftly deflected his former mentor’s criticism of his absenteeism in the U.S. Senate.
Bush is currently averaging 6.3 percent support among South Carolina GOP primary voters, according to the latest aggregate polling from Real Clear Politics. That’s good for fifth place in the 12-candidate field.
Along with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker – who ditched his 2016 bid last month – Bush was one of the early frontrunners in the Palmetto State’s “First in the South” presidential primary.
Can he get his bid back on track?
We’re not sure … but the addition of Shealy to his team obviously won’t hurt. She’s one of the hardest workers in state government, and she knocked off a favored incumbent back in 2012 – as a petition candidate.