Now this is entertaining reading. We’re not sure how it happened, but an extremely lengthy, one hundred and twelve page presentation prepared by Jeb Bush’s campaign, ostensibly for donors and other backers, was leaked to U.S. News & World Report. The whole thing has been published online for anyone to read.
Midway through the presentation are several slides which attempt to discredit Marco Rubio, whom Jeb Bush’s people evidently see as a threat.
The first one is entitled Marco is a Risky Bet. It argues:
- No accomplishments, negating hit against Hillary Clinton
- Marco’s “tomorrow versus yesterday” argument will be widely ridiculed by media while running against “first woman president.”
- Misuse of state party credit cards, taxpayer funds and Jes to scandal--tarred former Congressman David Rivera takes away line of attack on Hillary Clinton.
- Closeness with Norman Braman , who doubles as personal benefactor, raises major ethical questions.
- Outside of lobbying and legal consulting, no credible experience beyond government.
- Never been in charge of anything larger than two dozen people.
- Those who have looked into the Marco’s background in the past have been concerned with what they have found.
A subsequent slide argues, “We need to offer a contrast to the current President. Hillary will pitch competence and experience. Marco is a GOP Obama.”
The slide deck also touts Bush’s endorsements, noting that people formerly close to Rubio have gone to work for Bush instead of the junior senator from Florida.