The Republican presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday he won’t be on hand for an upcoming tailgate in Tuscaloosa, after all.
Bush had earlier announced plans to take in the Saturday SEC matchup between LSU and ‘Bama on the campus of University of Alabama.
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill issued a memo welcoming to Bush to the Yellowhammer State, and expressing his gratitude that more candidates – Republican and Democratic – were stopping by on the campaign trail.
The moves comes amid a shift in the Bush campaign toward a humbler, “pared down” approach since its fundraising momentum began to slow down this summer.
Bushworld was criticized in some quarters for its high “burn rate,” or ratio of spending to contributions.
The tailgate outreach was part of Bush’s effort to make gains in the new so-called “SEC Primary,” in which a new bloc of Southern states will hold their primaries on the same day, March 15.
“When this many presidential candidates are choosing to visit and re-visit Alabama, it is proof the SEC Primary is working,” Merrill said. “The main goal of this effort is to create an environment that forces candidates to appeal to an even larger and more complete constituency than they currently do, and I am proud to see our state receiving the attention it deserves.”