Friday, January 23, 2015


I don't think it's surprising that some of Mitt Romney's donors from 2012 are hesitant about jumping on board his 2016 bandwagon -- after all, a lot of other prominent Republicans are thinking of running in 2016. So I understand why some deep-pocketed former Mitt backers would be considering other big names in the GOP:
The 2012 Republican nominee is struggling to secure the financial backing even of the people who were his staunchest supporters.

The Center for Public Integrity in recent days attempted to contact roughly 90 top Romney fundraisers from his most recent presidential run, including every federal lobbyist who helped him raise $30,000 or more.

The vast majority willing to speak on the record say they haven’t decided whom to support in 2016. Almost all of these fundraisers said they’re wrestling with conflicting loyalties to Romney, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and other potential Republican hopefuls such as [Senator] Marco Rubio ... and Govs. Mike Pence, Scott Walker and Chris Christie.
But then there are these guys and the candidates they think might be a better bet than Romney (emphasis added below):
Van D. Hipp Jr., chairman of consulting firm American Defense International and a former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, said he thinks the array of choices “shows the strength of the Republican field.” He served on Romney’s finance team in 2012 but hasn’t committed to Romney in 2016.

“I’ve got several friends looking at it mighty strong. I think the world of Romney,” Hipp said, while noting his ties to other prospective candidates, including Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Add [Lindsey] Graham, the U.S. senator from South Carolina, to Hipp’s mix, too.

“I’ve talked with some folks in South Carolina this past week who said they had gotten phone calls [from Graham] telling them, quote, to keep their powder dry,” he said. Hipp says he personally hasn’t yet heard from Graham, but added, "we go back a long ways and he’s a good friend of mine.”

Someone who has been in touch with Graham: David Wilkins, who leads the public policy and international law group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough.

Wilkins bundled $87,000 for Romney in 2012. He was the state chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 and was an ambassador to Canada under President George W. Bush. “I have great admiration and respect for Gov. Bush, but until Lindsey makes a decision, a lot of us are -- we’re for Lindsey Graham,” Wilkins said.
Lindsey Graham?

George Pataki? Seriously? George Pataki?

Wow, that's gotta sting.


The New York Crank said...

When I rule the world I'll have all the Republican hopefuls rounded up and marched to a dentist's office, where their teeth will be filed down to to knife-sharp blades. They will all then be tossed into the same small cage together. Who'd like to start the bidding for television rights at $1 billion?

Yours very crankily,
The New YOrk Crank

Victor said...

THAT'S their strong field?!?!?!?!

In a rational and less bigoted country, these assclowns couldn't be elected to a town board, let alone to the House, Senate, or Governor's mansions.

And, Pataki?
Nah, that's GOTTA be a joke!

mlbxxxxxx said...

I wonder though, how does Mitt bow out? I think he will because he must, but he's been sounding kind of sure of himself lately. Lotta weird dynamics going on there, imo. Mitt needs to spend some time getting back in touch with how it felt election night 2012. Does he really want to go through that again? Maybe he could say something like, "Ha, ha, ha, it was all a joke. Good luck to the next GOP nominee. Ha, ha, ha."

Never Ben Better said...

Mittens has had all of life's goodies proffered to him on a silver gilt tray. He's accustomed to getting whatever he wants, because after all, he deserves it. Losing in 2012 was a fluke, abetted by hordes of greedy takers voting for free stuff and wholesale cheating by the Democrats; it certainly wasn't a rejection of Mittens, not at all. Nope, if he chooses to do the country the great and gracious favor of running again, surely this time things will all fall out as they're supposed to. Because he's entitled to it all.