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What's missing from Rick Perry's Fla fundraising team



Check out the host committee for Rick Perry's upcoming Florida fundraising swings. It includes some prominent names, from former Rudy Giuliani Florida Finance Chairman Joseph Fogg to former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and House Speaker Dean Cannon.

Still, given the number of Florida fundraisers still on the sidelines, it's a bit surprising not to see more top tier presidential bundlers on the list. Of the 41 names on the list, for instance, I count only four Bush-Cheney Pioneers or Rangers from Florida who raised at least $100,000 in 2000 and/0r 2004: Husein Cumber of Jacksonville, James Holton of St. Pete Beach (who until recently had been on Mitt Romney's team), Jorge Luis Lopez of Hialeah, and William Scherer of Fort Lauderdale.

People may attribute that to the supposed ill-will between the George W. Bush and Perry camps, but there's little evidence that Jeb Bush harbors any animosity to Perry. Some of of most loyal supporters in fact have visited with Perry in Texas in recent weeks. The more likely explanation is that Perry has yet to close the sale with some of Florida's most elite money-raisers.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 12:51pm]


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