Top Jeb Bush Aide Joins Cain's Florida Campaign

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 09:05 AM

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Kathleen Shanahan, a Tampa businesswoman who was chief of staff for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and three other top Republicans have signed on to co-chair Herman Cain’s campaign in the Sunshine State.

Joining Shanahan to boost the 65-year-old former business executive and talk radio host from Georgia are former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, who previously supported Romney; former state Sen. Carey Baker, who had backed Texas Gov. Rick Perry's candidacy; and state Rep. Scott Plakon, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Herman Cain, Florida, Shanahan, Jeb Bush"Mitt Romney might have the establishment, but Cain has the hearts of the people that vote. We'll see what happens on Jan. 31," Shanahan said Tuesday in a reference to the state’s fourth-in-the-nation primary contest. "I think Mr. Cain is going to support an effort to win Florida, and he will win Florida. He's raising the money now that he needs, and he has the intensity in his voters that is at least double, probably triple the intensity of Gov. Romney's."

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Shanahan noted that former Massachusetts Gov. Romney’s business experience is impressive, but she said Cain’s is more so, with his rise from humble roots to become an successful executive at corporations, including Pillsbury, Burger King, and Godfather's, and as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City.

"Mr. Romney was an investor in business. Mr. Cain ran businesses. He grew them and ran them," Shanahan told the Times.

Rick Baker praised Cain by saying: "He's got a lot of Reagan qualities. He's a straight talker and he wants to be bold for the future."

Cain, whose campaign gained traction after his stunning upset victory in the Presidency 5 Straw Poll in Florida in September, also attracted two powerful senior advisers: Tampa media consultant Adam Goodman and campaign strategist Arlene DiBenigno of Tallahassee, a veteran of campaigns for Bush, former Gov. Charlie Crist, and Gov. Rick Scott.

"We believe that Herman Cain's momentum from his win at the state convention last month is just a harbinger of things to come," the Times quoted Goodman as saying.

"This is not like people are bummed out about Romney, they're just incredibly enthusiastic about Herman . . . He has the message and the sustainability to win," said Goodman, whom the Times described as one of Florida's most sought-after political consultants.

Meanwhile, Hillsborough County Republican Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush also resigned that position on Tuesday to join Cain's campaign as county chairs directors. She joins an organizing team that includes Kamilah Prince of Tallahassee as director of coalitions, St. Petersburg insurance company executive Barbara Haselden as a director of 9/12 Patriots, Lou Marin of Orlando as a director of flat tax and tea party supporters, and Nancy Hayes of Miami Beach as volunteer coordinator.

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