Now That Tim Pawlenty's Out of the Race, Everyone Wants to Date Ray Washburne
But what about now -- now that Rick Perry's in it to win it?
That's the question asked of Washburne repeatedly in the last 24 hours: Where will Pawlenty's moneymen go now that he's out and George W. Bush's successor as Texas governor hopes to follow him to D.C., otherwise known as Rick Perry's A&M report card grades. He tells Politico, don't look for 'em to go Michele Bachmann:
"It's going to be a migration to either Perry or Romney," said Ray Washburne, a Texas real-estate developer and restaurateur who raised money for Pawlenty. "None of the other candidates are getting our people."Romney and Rick musta heard Ray, judging by this morning's Times. Washburne says ...
Washburne added, "Let's get behind someone who can actually win."
...he received telephone calls from Mr. Romney and Mr. Perry on Sunday morning not long after Mr. Pawlenty announced his intention to leave the race. Both campaigns were aggressively pursuing political operatives, contributors and rank-and-file supporters.
"When the girlfriend breaks up with you," Mr. Washburne said, "you're not ready to start dating just yet."