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People thank her for taking their money



Ann Herberger is one of the most important players in Florida politics that you've never heard of. She is among the country's most successful GOP money-raisers, and working for Jeb Bush she helped push Republican fundraising in Florida into the stratosphere.

But this is not your father's Republican fundraiser.

Her path to the top tier of Republican politics started in alcohol rehab. In her raspy Carol Channingesque voice, Herberger, 44, has a tendency to belt into song at a moment's notice - "Que sera sera"! When something displeases her, she is succinct: "That sucks rocks."

"She is one of those people who makes a lifelong impression when you first meet her, and I knew she'd be a huge success the first time I saw her on a tarmac in Iowa," said veteran Republican strategist Mary Matalin, who met Herberger almost 20 years ago on former President George Bush's 1988 presidential campaign. More here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:49pm]


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