Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida—whom the Guardian recently described as a “party centrist” and “GOP emissary to America’s Latino communities.”—intends to follow up the Gingrich event with the Hispanic Leadership Network Inaugural Conference that will be held in Coral Gables, Florida on January 13th. Jeb will host the event through the American Action Forum (AAF), a shadow GOP front group created by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie. This organization is one of four groups, serving as a collective think tank and propaganda machine, to rebuild the Republican brand. Jeb serves as a board member of AAF, along with former DHS Chief, Tom Ridge. Doug Holtz-Eakin, the former economic advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign, is the apparent front man.
On the AAF website, CEO Norm Coleman made this announcement:
“I am proud to announce the official launch of the Hispanic Leadership Network, an ongoing effort by the American Action Network and the American Action Forum to provide a platform for the Hispanic community to connect with center-right policies and leaders,” said Coleman. “On the eve of an election that will see record diversity among center-right candidates and center-right voters, now is the time to harness that energy and turn those shared values into real grassroots action. I appreciate the hard work and support of our Chairmen, Jeb Bush, Governor of Florida from 1999-2007, and Secretary Carlos Gutierrez for their help in organizing the Hispanic Leadership Network and our first event in Coral Gables next year.”
Notice all of the ‘centrist’ jargon like “center-right policies,” “center-right voters” and “grassroots action.” Tea, anyone?
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