Friday, October 19, 2007


Giuliani picks up backing of a Bush [Jeb, JR.] in Florida

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.

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."

Note: Comments are always welcome!


Jim Fryar said...

Sarah Palin doesn't look old enough to have a son in the services. I have of course noticed the Draught Sarah Palin movement, and from what I have seen and read of her she really impresses me.

Coming from Australia I am not as aware of your political identities as you probably expect people over there to be, and there is not a great deal of press coverage of your election over here, especially as we are now in election mode ourselves.

Stephen R. Maloney said...

Jim, thanks so much for commenting. Sarah is 43 but looks more like 33. Her son is 18, and she has three younger daughter, Bristol, Willow, and Piper -- I have a picture of Piper and her mother on my site.

We don't get a whole lot of information about the Australian political situation, although Prime Minister Fox is pretty well known here.

I find The Economist magazine very useful in discovering what's going on overseas.

There are many good articles about Sarah linked on my blog. Probably the best is the one by Fred Barnes at The Weekly Standard, a very good conservative publication.

Please come back and visit again.

Steve Maloney
Ambridge, PA (which is about 15 miles from Pittsburgh, PA, about 30 miles or so from the Ohio border and about 70 miles north of West Virginia)