February 17, 2015


GOP Donors Provide Cover for Bush on Immigration (David Catanese Feb. 17, 2015, US News)

Three multimillionaire supporters of Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign - health care CEO Mike Fernandez, fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder and private equity manager Spencer Zwick - said it was imperative that the GOP nominee for president in 2016 be a clear and unapologetic supporter of broad-based changes to the country's immigration system that would allow the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally to come out of the shadows.

"Across at least the larger donor base, there's a very strong feeling that if you're going to win this election, you're going to have to change your position on immigration reform if you're opposed to it," Puzder said during a conference call organized by the bipartisan Partnership for a New American Economy. "I think donors want to support people who are going to win."

The pronouncement amounted to an implicit endorsement of Jeb Bush's approach to the issue, which has already been identified as arguably his most potent weakness in a Republican primary contest.

Forty-one percent of potential New Hampshire primary voters recently cited Bush's support for allowing immigrants already in the U.S. illegally to remain in the country as a "deal killer."

But the former Florida governor has given no indication he's willing to alter his position in order to assuage the most conservative bent of the party. And these deep-pocketed donors appeared to be signaling that Bush would be rewarded for his courage in standing his ground.

...but cash money never hurts.
Posted by at February 17, 2015 6:22 PM

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