I said the other day the attacks on Rubio made Bush look weak and would hurt him with donors. Sure enough, Bush donors want out now because of the attacks. This is bad news. What makes it worse is that a number of Bush friendly congressmen are now speaking out against the Bush campaign for the attacks.
“I think the world of Jeb Bush. He was a great governor of Florida and is a really good person, but the campaign has hijacked his message” said Brian Ballard, a Tallahassee lobbyist who contributed more than $25,000 of his own money and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars more for Bush’s campaign and the super PAC supporting him.
“The campaign has become negative, one that is about attacking and trying to bring down Marco Rubio. And that doesn’t sit well — not only with me, but with anyone who knows the two,” Ballard said. “Marco’s a friend of mine. I didn’t sign up for a campaign that was going to be negative and attack a bright star of the party’s future. It doesn’t make sense. I’m over it. And I’m done.”
Ballard, who stopped raising money for the campaign three months ago as he saw it turn negative, said he decided to make his departure final and public after the Bush team called Rubio “the GOP Obama” and a “risky” bet due to his past personal financial struggles.
There’s also Congressman Pete Sessions and Congressman Carlos Curbelo openly critical of the ads.
No one is pointing the finger directly at Jeb Bush. They are, however, suggesting he needs to do something about his campaign. And that’s the point. Jeb Bush has launched a new “Jeb Can Fix It” theme for his campaign. He’s going to need to fix his own campaign before anyone really believes him.