For as much as I criticize 2012 speculation, I just can’t resist 2012 speculation. Especially when two of our favourite “speculative stocks” are going to be hanging out together, raising money, and having people like me wonder “is this the ticket?”
Take it away, Ben Smith…
Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom confirms that the former Massachusetts governor is helping put together a Boston fundraiser for the Louisiana governor and a possible rival in 2012.
“Governor Romney wants Republicans to succeed, and he’s busy raising money and supporting candidates. He wants to do what he can to help Bobby Jindal, and so he agreed to help sponsor a fundraiser for him in Boston,” emails Fehrnstrom, who added that one of Romney’s top fundraisers, Steve Roche, is organizing the April 16 event.
Bobby Jindal has said he’s not interested in running for President, and instead is focused on running for re-election in 2011. I take him at his word, and outside of a week when I caught the Jindal Fever, I never thought he was going to run in 2012 anyways.
That said, if he wins re-election in 2011 and the Republican nominee in 2012 (like say, oh I don’t know, Mitt Romney) asks Jindal to be his running mate in the late summer of ’12, it would be really easy for Jindal to agree to this “once and a life time opportunity” after he was true to his word and ran for re-election other than President.
The fact that Romney is holding the fundraiser in Boston as opposed to travelling to Jindal’s native Louisiana and raising money for him there (where he’d actually be running for something) is a bit of a noodle scratcher.
Someone is up to something!
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