Jeb Bush inspires $100k haul for Rand Paul, protestsSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 07:29
by Joe Arnold
Posted on July 26, 2010 at 1:43 PM
Kentucky backers of Rand Paul's U.S. Senate campaign are expecting to haul in more than $100,000 from about 100 people at a single fundraiser Monday to be attended by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
The event at a private home in the wealthy Mockingbird Valley neighborhood in eastern Jefferson County has the traditional tiers of political fundraisers.
A group of Kentucky activists plan a protest outside the fundraiser in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which President George H.W. Bush, Jeb's father, signed into law twenty six years to to the date of the fundraiser. Paul has expressed reservations about some provisions in the ADA, such as compelling two-story businesses to install elevators. In a news release, the group says "Jeb Bush should be ashamed to support a politician that stands against his father's values and American values."
The support of Bush could be a double edged sword for Paul, who rode to a GOP primary victory by bucking the establishment, but has since cozied up to the establishment, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and now, Bush. At the same time, Bush's embrace could help Paul's credibility among traditional Republicans who might be unconvinced about the Bowling Green eye doctor.
It appears that Paul is benefiting from the fundraising prowess of GOP philanthropist Cathy Bailey. The former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia under President George W. Bush has not been formally named finance chair of the Paul campaign but is providing a critical link for Paul to more traditional Republicans. It will be interesting to see to what extent Bailey taps into her fundraising Rolodex for Paul.