Everyone that reads this story has to realize the establishment is not going away just because we will it so. They are fighting for their own existence and candidate. GOP candidate Marco Rubio is the establishment candidate right now and everyone needs to settle down and watch how this plays out.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 26, 2015
I posted a piece about how S.C. Rep Trey Gowdy was going to travel with Rubio in Iowa to stump for him in the new year. This shocked many as they hold Gowdy in high regard but not so much Rubio. Some are calling it an endorsement but Gowdy’s campaign said “FULL SUPPORT” but didn’t use the word “endorsement.”
Then I was given this information and was shocked to see that Gowdy earlier in the year, along with Senator Tim Scott had been given money from Jeb Bush super PAC.
The committee launched by the former Florida governor and prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidate announced on Friday it gave nearly $123,000 in contributions. The largest payments were $10,000 each to the Republican Parties of Florida, Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, as well as the New Hampshire Republican State Committee — each playing an important role in early presidential primaries for 2016.
In addition, the Bush PAC gave $5,200 each to individual Republican candidates, such as U.S. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Rob Portman of Ohio and Tim Scott of South Carolina.
GOP House members who also were beneficiaries of Right to Rise PAC money were U.S. Reps. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Joe Heck of Nevada, Mia Love of Utah, Martha McSally of Arizona, Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin of New York, and David Young of Iowa. They also received $5,200 apiece.
If you are calling Gowdy a RINO after he is doing this for Rubio, STOP! That’s his choice and whether or not he choose wisely, that will be on him and his conscious. It’s up to you to stick to your candidate and defeat the establishment as you have chosen to do through your social media keyboard activism or walking around the neighborhood door to door.
One thing that does perplex me however, I wonder if Gowdy will return Bush’s money to the super PAC. Rumors are that Scott and Governor Nikki Haley will also side with Rubio in the upcoming weeks.
h/t – Florida Politics