Vin Weber, advising Jeb Bush’s faltering campaign, says: ‘No one is ready to jump ship’

Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign may be faltering before it even comes (officially) out of the blocks, according to a Washington Post story today, but former Minnesota Congressman Vin Weber says it’s not time to panic.

Weber, now a consultant and lobbyist, is quoted in the Post story with the headline: “How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began.”

Weber, who served six terms in Congress, from 1981-1992, has been an adviser to GOP presidential candidates for years. He’s referred to in the story as an “outside adviser” to the Jeb Bush campaign.

The Post story says: 

Bush’s first six months as an all-but-declared candidate have been defined by a series of miscalculations, leaving his standing considerably diminished ahead of his formal entry into the race on Monday…

The troubles have eroded the image Bush has sought to present as the one Republican uniquely ready for the presidential stage. He has slipped in polls from presumed front-runner to one of several candidates jumbled toward the top of an increasingly crowded field.

Weber, though, is quoted as a seasoned voice of calm:

“We’ve learned that the prospect of a big financial advantage is not going to keep people out of the race and that the notion of a new face is stronger than we might have thought,” Vin Weber, an outside Bush adviser, said in an interview. “That requires modest adjustments in strategy, not wholesale changes.”

After weeks of bad press, “donors were getting a little edgy,” Weber said. “No one is ready to jump ship. Nobody has lost heart. But they have watched other candidates rise in the polls.”

The story concludes:

Friends and donors are hopeful that Bush has corrected course and that his cash-flush political committees will carry him further than other candidates.

“He’s going to try to do it his way without acting with every change in the wind, without doing full face-plants on the pandering,” said Tallahassee lobbyist John “Mac” Stipanovich, a Bush ally.

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