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Maybe Jeb really is neutral

After Jeb Bush's closest political advisers, Sally Bradshaw and Ann Herberger jumped aboard the Mitt Romney campaign, a lot of people assumed Romney had the implicit endorsement of the ex-governor. But more and more the signs point to Jeb being neutral. Does anybody think George P. Bush would back Fred Thompson without checking with the old man? Then there are former Jeb aides like Kathleen Shanahan and Cory Tilley, backing John McCain, and his old campaign strategist Karen Unger working for Rudy Giuliani.


"I never believed the perception that was out there that Jeb Bush had any secret support or quiet endorsemen for any one candidate,'' said Justin Sayfie, another former Jeb aide and major fundraiser who is still uncommitted in the race. "I want to to see who the choices are. It looks like we'll probably know by mid-summer. If you're not in by mid-summer, I don't know that you can run a credible campaign."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:26pm]


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