February 28, 2014

THEY ONLY SUPPORTED MITT BECAUSE JEB DIDN'T RUN:

The fight for Mitt Romney's donors is on (WESLEY LOWERY, February 28, 2014, Washington Post)

[H]ere are the candidates who currently have the Romney donor world buzzing:

1. Jeb Bush

Every single Romney donor we spoke with this week listed the former Florida governor as their top choice.

The donors said that -- like Romney -- Bush's time as governor proved he can be an effective leader and manager. His willingness to tackle (or attempt to, at least) tough policy initiatives such as education and criminal justice reform remind them of Romney's work on health care at the state level.

Also, with solid name recognition and the Bush political machine behind him, Romney donors believe Jeb is the most electable of the potential Republican candidates. For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait.

"If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field," said one major Romney donor. "You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt. The natural inclination for Mitt supporters would be to gravitate toward Jeb Bush because he's a candidate that can win a national race."

Another huge factor that would help Bush -- who has contacted some donors about their receptiveness to a presidential bid and is believed to be seriously considering throwing his hat in the ring -- is that his current gig as a senior adviser to Barclays Capital has helped him meet many of the Northeastern private equity types who filled Romney's campaign coffers.
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