Wednesday, Mitt Romney added Congressman Connie Mack to his stable of support in Florida.
Today, Republican rival Rudy Giuliani came back with a Bush -- Jeb Bush Jr., to be precise.
Bush, the youngest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and President Bush's nephew, will be chairman of Florida Young Professionals for Rudy and will focus on recruiting professionals to the campaign and on grassroots efforts in South Florida.
"As someone who grew up around politics and candidates, I know that Rudy has the leadership qualities and unmatched experience to be the next president of the United States. I'm honored to join his campaign and look forward to working with the many young professionals throughout Florida supporting the mayor," Bush said in a statement provided by the Giuliani campaign.
The former New York mayor is counting on Florida as a key part of his nomination strategy. Republicans there moved up their primary to Jan. 29, so that it occupies a key perch in between the early contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina and the quasi-national primary on Feb. 5, when about 20 states are scheduled to vote.
Note from Steve: The Florida primary will be absolutely crucial, because it will be the prelude to "Tsunami Tuesday" (Feb. 5, 2009) when 20-plus states will hold primaries. If Rudy Giuliani has a big win in Florida, it should lead to other major wins in New York, New Jersey, California, and elsewhere on Feb. 5. There may very well be only "one candidate standing" on Feb. 6.
Right now, Rudy obviously needs to concentrate on winning the nomination. However, it's not too early for him and his advisers to begin making initial contacts with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who would be an outstanding choice for the vice-presidency. She will have great appeal to the young professionals whose support is crucial to Rudy Giuliani, both in the primaries and the general election.
STURM RUGER IS A BIG SARAH PALIN FAN
Here's an excerpt from Sturm's column about Fred Thompson and Sarah Palin
"And just think of the contrast between Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton! Here's a woman who won public office through her own hard work and merit, without need for a former president husband to pave the way for her. And Gov. Palin doesn't need to explain so many potentially embarassing things as does Sen. Clinton. She has hired no Sandy Bergers, supported no Black Panthers and played no hide and seek with Rose Law Firm documents. Palin doesn't want to take things away from us "for the common good," believes it takes families - not villages - to raise children and instead of treating military aides with contempt is the proud mother of a son serving in the U.S. Army."
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