Jeb Bush Has Already ‘Evolved’ on Marriage
By Ben Johnson
Jeb Bush’s advisers are at war with social conservatives according to analysts.
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The fact that Jeb Bush has surrounded himself with campaign advisers who have been hostile to social conservatives is just one sign that the former Florida governor has secretly “evolved” in his views of gay “marriage,” according to several figures who have spoken with him privately.
Bush, a leading candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been hiring national staffers who have actively campaigned for the GOP to capitulate and embrace the redefinition of marriage or at least capitulate to judicial rulings that overturn the will of voters.
“When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign manager who has urged the Republican Party to adopt a pro-gay agenda; a chief strategist who signed a Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for marriage equality in California; a longtime adviser who once encouraged her minister to stick to his guns in preaching [marriage redefinition] for same-sex couples; and a communications director who is openly gay,” writes McKay Coppins in BuzzFeed.
The Bush 2016 campaign staffers include:
- David Kochel, who will lead Jeb Bush’s national campaign. Kochel ran Mitt Romney’s campaign in Iowa in 2008 and 2012. (Romney lost the Iowa caucuses both times and lost Iowa in the general election by six percentage points.) Kochel supported the Iowa justice who authored the decision redefining marriage statewide and was one of 130 liberal Republicans who signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to affirm same-sex “marriage.” Since the 2012 election, Kochel has been campaigning for marriage redefinition with Ken Mehlman, the former RNC chair and an open homosexual. “I’ve had this position for a very long time even longer than Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” Kochel boasted.
- Sally Bradshaw, his former chief-of-staff and possibly his closest aide. Politico calls Bradshaw “the closest parallel to a Karl Rove that the former Florida governor has.” The New York Times reports that she urged her then-pastor, Tom Borland, to “preach his convictions” when he believed the Bible justified same-sex “marriage.”
- Mike Murphy, who will serve as Bush’s chief strategist, has long advised the GOP to purge itself of conservative influences. Murphy – who also signed the pro-gay “marriage” amicus brief – advised John McCain and Mitt Romney’s losing campaigns, and also ran Meg Whitman’s unsuccessful bid for governor of California.
- Tim Miller, a communications director and researcher who is openly homosexual. He worked for John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008 and for Jon Huntsman in 2012. “His counsel will be critical to Governor Bush,” Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told Politico.
“In a word, if personnel is policy, Jeb is telling the pro-family community to drop dead,” said Bryan Fischer, host of Focal Point on AFR Talk.
Campbell told Buzzfeed that the staffing decisions reflected Jeb Bush’s ideas of who would be best for the position, and “Gov. Bush’s position on gay marriage is clear. If he pursues a run, it will be premised on his agenda and views, not anyone else’s.”
But insiders say it is not merely his closest advisers and operatives who embrace a redefinition of marriage; several people who have spoken with Jeb say he secretly supports gay “marriage” or, at least, will offer no opposition to it.
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