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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Attention Bush donors: You'll be getting a call

Howard Wilkinson and Cliff Peale report:
When John McCain landed Indian Hill business executive Mercer Reynolds this week, a long-time friend, fund-raiser and business partner of President Bush, it was a clear sign that the GOP establishment is getting behind his candidacy.

Reynolds, who raised a record $273 million as finance chairman of Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, will be one of a team of fund-raisers around the country given the job of building a war chest for McCain – a Republican who was not the first choice of many of the party’s major donors and fund-raisers.

"I’m trying to bring in those people who were my friends in the last campaign who have not signed on with the senator," Reynolds told the Enquirer on Wednesday. "So I’ll be calling them."

With a huge lead in the delegate count and President Bush’s vow that he would support him if he is the nominee, McCain is expected to garner support from most big Republican donors here, ranging from Reynolds’ business partner Bill DeWitt to Reds owner Bob Castellini – all of whom have long and close ties to President Bush.

Mike DeWine, the former U.S. senator from Ohio who is chairing McCain’s campaign in the Buckeye State, said Reynolds’contacts and fund-raising prowess would extend far beyond Cincinnati and Ohio.

“Mercer is the kind of person who can help Sen. McCain all over the country,’’ DeWine said. “He knows everybody.”

While some conservative leaders around the country have balked at the idea of McCain as their party’s nominee, Reynolds said Wednesday he is convinced that attracting money and support for McCain among Republicans is not a difficult sell.

"He’s a conservative in every sense of the word," Reynolds said in a telephone interview from Wyoming state. "He’s the most likely candidate to win the election. Also, he’s going to consolidate the president’s legacy in Iraq, and that’s important to conservatives."

Reynolds said he waited until Mitt Romney suspended his campaign before deciding to support McCain. "Once Romney dropped out, it became clear," he said. "I didn’t want to wait two or three more weeks."

Reynolds served as ambassador to Switzerland during Bush’s first term. He and DeWitt were the chief fund-raisers for Bush’s 2005 inaugural.

Eight years ago, when McCain battled Bush for the GOP nomination, Reynolds was an early financial backer of Bush as was most of the Cincinnati business community.

DeWitt and Reynolds have personal and business ties with Bush which go back to the 1980. They were partners with Bush in an oil exploration company named Spectrum 7 and, later, with Castellini and Cincinnati broadcasting executive Dudley Taft, were partners with Bush in the ownership of the Texas Rangers baseball team.


at 10:38 AM, February 13, 2008 Blogger Hades said...

It's well for the Cincinnati community to be aware of those bearing much of the local responsibility for putting into office the person many regard as the worst president in U.S. history. While the simpletons speak the mantra of lower taxes, the community goes into greater long term debt and lives are lost in a war started because of lies and incompetency. Maybe dolt Reynolds will get another ambassadorship. In an ideal world the staggering cost of Bush incompetency would come out of his taxes.

at 3:19 PM, February 13, 2008 Blogger Rich Leonardi said...

While the simpletons speak the mantra of lower taxes, the community goes into greater long term debt and lives are lost in a war started because of lies and incompetency.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Hatred of President Bush, especially banal, repetitive hatred, will not win the White House for the Democrats.

at 3:49 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another America-hating, pseudo-intellectual lib chimes in with his worthless opinion.

We're winning the Iraq War.
I bet you're in therapy over that, aren't you?

Good luck with your Bush Derangement Syndrome treatments.

at 6:37 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hades (1st comment),

Your hatred for America and your hatred for the office of President makes you "FOOL FOR THE DAY" (and probably the year). Congrats.

at 6:45 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

we're winning the war in Iraq??? What is your basis for that? More oil output to support their economy? More electricity and access to staple items for their people? More government stability? Considering that part of the false justification for this illegal war was to create a democracy in the middle east, perhaps the basic measures which help define that should be used for justifying that statement instead of reduced violence around Baghdad. That 'war' and the lies used to justify it have also made us less safe by creating at least tenfold the number of terrorists that want to kill Americans in relation to before by creating a haven in that country for them that did not exist under the wrath of a despotic yet secular tyrant like Saddam.

at 7:38 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Theres a war in Iraq? Funny, I thought of it as an occupation geared at re-establishing a US presence in the Middle East. Either way, we aren't moving forward since the Iraqi government seems incapable of establishing a stable sovereignty.

...do you believe everything else the media tells you too? If so I have a bridge you may be interested in ;)

at 7:43 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't act like Bush had a successful presidency. Seriously.

at 7:57 PM, February 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have been safe in America since 9/11 thanks to strong leadership. My main issue this election is the safety of my family. We cannot afford to go back to the days of the cold war when I was afraid of a nuclear attack. McCain is the best prospect for this job. He has my support.

at 3:47 AM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So anonymous 7:57, if McCain becomes your president then you don't have to be afraid of a nuclear attack (not! weakness invites trouble and McCain in the final anaylsis is weak) but you will have to continue to press one for English until McCain lets so many non-English speaking foreginers overrun us that the original English speaking population is reduced to minority status.

As to the rest of your post the danger that threatened America before 9/11 still exists and is in all probablility stronger than ever. But the real threat both before and after is those politicans in Washington along with their puppet masters who continue to sell America out in their quest for more power and control over all of us.

at 11:46 AM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Islamic Facist are comming to America and their going to make you where towels on your head, eat funny food and pray to a strange god. Thats the consistant message comming from the GOP. It's as laughable today as it was 7 years ago. Thankfully we have a choice in 2008 to end all of this fearmongering and get back to the peoples business, not corporate greed and overblown threats.

OBAMA 2008!

at 7:37 PM, February 14, 2008 Anonymous McInsane McCain said...

McCain is The Manchurian Candidate.

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