Rats From A Sinking Ship – Jeb Shedding Biggest Fundraisers At Alarming Rate

It is never a good sign when top donors leave any politician’s campaign. It is an even worse sign when they leave the campaign to help work on an affiliated SuperPAC. And when your donors are even from your native state of Florida, well, we all know what it means when rats are fleeing a ship.

The specific details have not been shared publicly, but what is known is that Kris Money, Trey McCarley, and Debbie Alexander, three of Jeb Bush’s top donors, have left his campaign to instead work for his SuperPAC, Right to Rise, which rose to note in February of this year for its call to establish a New American Empire. When their departures came to light, the Bush campaign was quick to insist that they let the fundraisers go, claiming that they were not needed for the next stage of the campaign. As well, Bush spokesman Tim Miller insisted that the departure of key fundraisers was not in any way shape or form a problem for the candidate.

“Governor Bush has the widest and deepest fundraising operation of any candidate in the field. Ann Herberger — a longtime aide with more than two decades of experience in state and national politics — will continue to lead the operation in Florida with our team in Miami.”

It was only a few months ago that the media was covering Jeb Bush in a very different manner, calling him a “fundraising juggernaut” and clearly the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Now he has been forced to turn to his brother to try and bolster fundraising. Jeb has even turned to appealing to his existing fundraising base to try and re-establish the pace he enjoyed early on.

By having set his campaign fundraising pace so high so early, Jeb Bush may have sewn the seeds for his own implosion. Fast initial growth requires a campaign to take on additional staff early to handle. When growth slows, as it inevitably will over a nearly two-year long campaign, any candidate will find himself bleeding those funds faster and faster just to maintain his present level. And, such pressures cause conflicts between staff, between staff and management, between the campaign and contractors, etc. Indeed, according to one source from the Jeb campaign, it was such internal strife at the root of this departure.

“They were glad to go. This wasn’t a shock to anybody. There were just some personality problems. It happens when you have a big organization like this, a big campaign. Some of the national people are tough to work for.”

Despite the attempts to spin this in a positive light, it does reveal serious issues within the Jeb Bush campaign. Jeb’s early fundraising success is simply eating his campaign alive from within. A victim of his own early success, Jeb now is entering into a primary season with a consumption rate that his fundraising might not be able to match. The loss of these three establishment GOP operatives in the key state of Florida is a troubling sign which cannot be ignored. With Jeb seriously trailing behind Donald Trump in the polls, many of these donors are now asking themselves if they wish to be tied to a floundering campaign, or to jump ship to a winner. And after his lackluster performance at the debate, we now are witnessing the rats fleeing for ourselves.

Featured image modified from cartoon by Mike Luckovich’s Editorial Cartoons, courtesy Cagle Cartoons