Jeb Bush set to tap McHenry, Berger allies to his leadership team

RALEIGH – Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is poised to tap his North Carolina leadership team, and the list includes a wide range of the state’s top GOP leaders. Congressman Patrick McHenry will chair Jeb Bush’s North Carolina steering committee.

US Rep Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

US Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

“I’m proud to endorse Governor Bush as he seeks the Republican nomination,” said Rep. McHenry. “He has a proven pro-growth, pro-life record and is one of our nation’s foremost leaders on school choice and education reform–issues of great importance both here in North Carolina, and nationally. Governor Bush’s clear, conservative vision for greater American prosperity leave me no doubt he is the best candidate to win North Carolina in March, again in November, and ensure a Republican is returned to the White House.”

The committee co-chairmen are Sen. Tom Apodaca Chairman (R-Buncombe), Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Duplin) and Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg).

Sen. Tom Apadaca (R-Bumcombe)

Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Bumcombe)

“Governor Bush led with a bold reform agenda in Florida that pushed for greater school choice for everyone and helped create more and better jobs in his state, said Apodaca.” As a matter of fact, when North Carolinians voted us into power here in 2010, one of the first things we did in the Senate caucus was to closely examine the Jeb record of success in Florida. Many of our reforms that are fostering more and better opportunities for North Carolinians across the board are based on what Jeb Bush did as governor. Just like Florida under Jeb Bush, North Carolina is now creating jobs instead of losing jobs. I believe Governor Bush will put America back to work.”

The other members of the Bush’s team include Cheryl Mills, a former U.S. Small Business Administration Official; Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in NC;  John  Cooper, a USDA Appointee for presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Geroge W. Bush; and Dion Clark, former Policy Director for Governor Pat McCrory. Jonathan Felts will be the N.C. adviser for the campaign. Felts previously served as White House political director and as McCrory’s senior adviser.

“I support Jeb Bush for president because Jeb has a track record of economic success of encouraging entrepreneurship in Florida rather than stifling it with overregulation,” said Mills. “Every day, I work hard assisting innovators and entrepreneurs here in North Carolina so that they can start new companies and create jobs. I see the challenges they face and I know what it takes to succeed. Jeb has a proven record of encouraging success for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship is the economic engine of our economy.”

Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Duplin)

Sen. Brent Jackson (R-Duplin)

Governor Bush has long been a top presidential candidate in North Carolina. In July, North Carolina’s Civitas Institute released results of a statewide poll that put Bush in the lead followed by Donald Trump. A recent poll by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling put Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, and Governor Bush as the top candidates in North Carolina. The steering committee members say that Bush’s track record as governor of Florida will push him to the top of the list here.

“I run a family farm when I’m not stuck in Raleigh so I know first-hand the challenges of managing a successful business. Jeb Bush does too and he’s got a proven record of success as Florida’s governor getting people back to work,” said Jackson.

Bush’s move into the state comes after speculation that North Carolina Senate Republicans were favoring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the presidential primary. In fact, rumors have been circulating that some in the State Senate leadership were pushing for the March 15 primary date at the request of the Walker campaign.

Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg)

Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg)

Bush’s North Carolina team says they are ready to come out strong as they work to promote Governor Bush’s message to every corner of the state.

“I’m proud to support Jeb Bush for President,” said Rep. Jeter. “As we have seen for the past seven years, the presidency is not the place for on-the-job training. Jeb Bush is ready to lead from day one and that is what America needs. Jeb Bush is an executive with an already proven track record of getting people back to work and getting government out of the way.”