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Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Jeb Bush and Florida endorsement politics



Does anybody following Florida politics even semi closely have any doubt that Jeb Bush will endorse Marco Rubio before Florida's March 15 primary? Sure, some Jeb loyalists may hope Bush snubs "Judas" Rubio, but the former governor would look incredibly petty if he did not step up and do something to help derail Trump. Bush may doubt Rubio's preparedness, but he doesn't doubt Rubio is a better choice than Trump.

Only slightly less certain is whether Rick Scott fully and formally endorses Donald Trump, having already all-but endorsed the guy in January. Gov. Scott has no relationship with Rubio (or Bush for that matter) and Trump is the likely nominee. On top of that, Scott might even buy into the nonsense talk about Trump tapping him as a running mate. 

While there is no downside for Bush to endorse Rubio, Scott will face a backlash from the conservative pundit class, just as Chris Christie has. Florida's governor endorsing Rubio would be a giant symbolic smack down of Rubio, whose campaign probably can't survive a Florida loss, and probably make the governor's already weak relationship with the legislature even rockier. It would also help Scott reclaim the outsider, anti-establishment image that helped him with the governor's office in the first place.

My hunch? Scott endorses Trump after Super Tuesday and within hours Rubio rolls out Bush's endorsement to mute the impact of Scott's.

[Last modified: Sunday, February 28, 2016 10:51am]


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