Fmr. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 2013 CPAC Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)
Fmr. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 2013 CPAC
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announced on Facebook today his intentions to create a leadership PAC in order to “actively” explore a presidential run in 2016.  His message is below.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.

Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren.

We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football.

We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States.

In January, I also plan to establish a Leadership PAC that will help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation. The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.

Best wishes to you and your families for a happy holiday season. I’ll be in touch soon.

Onward,

Jeb Bush

Bush may find that his positions on Common Core and immigration may be a bigger challenge than his last name with the conservative grassroots in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.  Creating a leadership PAC allows Bush to raise funds without the restrictions placed upon campaigns. While his PAC is capped at $5000 to give to his own campaign there are other tangible benefits such as promoting the candidate, etc.  He can also support different candidates who may in turn support his campaign (when officially launched – rarely does somebody explore without pulling the trigger) through their leadership PACs.  This is a practice that has increased each election cycle.

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