Jeb Bush Seeks Help From Father's D.C. Friends
By Ceci Connolly, Helen Dewar and Peter Baker
He may be shopping for votes in Florida, but Jeb Bush knows where his friends reside or at least his father's friends. They're right here in the nation's capital.
The second son of the former president is in Washington this week hitting up his father's contacts for money for his gubernatorial campaign. Judging by one invitation, the Bush alumni remain faithful to the family name.
Rob Quartel, a member of the Federal Maritime Commission in the Bush administration, is hosting a $500-a-person cocktail reception with his wife, Michela English, at their home in Northwest.
The list of chairmen, vice chairmen and host committee members reads like a Washington insiders Who's Who, ranging from GOP attorney/lobbyist Lanny Griffith to pollster Bill McInturff.
The sponsors include an impressive array of onetime Bush administration officials turned big-time lobbyists such as Wayne Berman, Rich Bond, Tom Scully, Steve Hart, Nick Calio, Jim Cicconi, Ken Duberstein, Dick Wiley, Janet Mullins and Margaret Tutweiler. Other Bush White House hands like Craig Fuller, Alixe Glen and C. Boyden Gray are listed.
Past and present Republican National Committee bigwigs also have lent their names (and checkbooks) to the Bush cause. They include RNC co-chairman Pat Harrison, finance director Margaret A. Parker, "Team 100" donor Heinz Prechter and Mel Sembler, party finance chairman and a former envoy to Australia.
Now if only Dad's pals could vote in Florida.
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