Jeb Bush picks up support from Alabama Republicans

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Friday he has gained the support of three high-level elected officials from Alabama in his quest to take back the White House for the Republicans in 2016.

Over the last few days Bush – who is coming in third in most national primary polls, behind frontrunner Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, both largely seen as “non-traditional” candidates – has racked up endorsements from Congressman Mike Rogers, State Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter and state Sen. J.T. Waggoner.

Rogers, a seven-term congressman from Alabama’s third district, said Bush’s recently-released economic plan was what clinched his support.

“I believe Gov. Bush has the right plan to reform our tax code, which will spur economic growth and put millions of Americans back to work. Gov. Bush has a proven record of cutting spending and standing up for agriculture families, two things that are very important to Alabama voters,” said Rogers this week.

Meanwhile, Mary Scott Hunter cited Bush’s education policies – which have been controversial among Tea Party-inflected elements of the Republican base – in explaining her support for the former two-term Florida executive.

“Jeb’s commitment to a better future for children is unparalleled in this field. His reforms in Florida resulted in a better education and better future for millions of kids,” Hunter said. “He understands that parents want choices when it comes to educating their children, and he believes that states are the best laboratories for education innovation.”

Sen. Waggoner, on the other hand, had more holistic reasons for lending his support to Bush.

“If there’s one Republican Governor that stands out as a true policy visionary during my time in public service, it is Jeb Bush,” Waggoner said. “His record of cutting spending, cutting taxes and growing Florida’s economy is clearly translating into his presidential platform, given the clear, conservative agenda he’s rolling out. Jeb is the only candidate with a clear plan to grow our economy and deliver better opportunities for the next generation. We can trust Jeb Bush to get the job done in The White House because of his proven results in Florida.”

The key Yellowhammer State endorsements come after Bush secured the support of former Alabama congressman and governor Bob Riley earlier in 2015.

Gov. Robert Bentley announced last month he will support Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the presidency in 2016.

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