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Pawlenty taps Jeb Bush veterans for Florida finance team

by George Bennett | May 26th, 2011


Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty‘s presidential campaign officially announced its key Florida members today, including former Jeb Bush campaign chairman Phil Handy as Pawlenty’s Florida chairman and national finance co-chairman.

Former Bush adviser and speechwriter Justin Sayfie, proprietor of the must-read political site, will be a Florida co-chairman and former Bush fund-raiser Ann Herberger will be a national senior finance adviser.

In addition to those moves, which were reported here Tuesday, the Pawlenty camp announced that Gretchen Picotte will be Florida finance director. Picotte raised money for Gov. Rick Scott‘s 2010 campaign and was Florida finance director for Rudy Giuliani‘s 2008 presidential bid.

Handy was chairman of Jeb Bush’s 1994 and 1998 campaigns and a 2002 Bush co-chairman. He was state chairman for John McCain‘s 2008 presidential campaign. Handy was chairman of the Florida Board of Education from 2001 to 2007.

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3 Responses to “Pawlenty taps Jeb Bush veterans for Florida finance team”

  1. theloneconsumer Says:

    My only concern is, the Jeb bush team is seen with some expertise and superiority. And this is the Jeb Bush Governor team during which, as per Jason Garcia’s Orlando sentinel 2006 story, Jeb added 6 BILLION extra in long term debt as Governor of Florida?!?!
    So, this is the gold standard, how they helped Jeb bush run Florida???
    This is scarey!

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