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At South Beach pow-wow, Marco Rubio's team looks like White House campaign-in-waiting


6a00d83451b26169e201b7c71e57ae970bIn another sign of his White House ambitions, Sen. Marco Rubio hosts an election-strategy powwow today at the Delano Hotel with a finance team that looks like a presidential campaign-in-waiting.

None of the new major financiers of "Team Marco 2016" has deep Florida ties, a sign that his re-election for his Florida U.S. Senate seat in 2016 is looking more toward Pennsylvania Avenue.

George Seay III: the Texas finance chair of former Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. A co-founder and CEO of Annandale Capital, he’s the grandson of former Texas Governor Bill Clements

Wayne Berman: a top advisor to the Blackstone Group and Republican Jewish Coalition, the New York resident has held a variety of posts and transition team spots affiliated with eight GOP presidential campaigns, from Ronald Reagan in 1981 to George W. Bush in 2000.

Jim Rubrich: an Atlanta resident and former CEO of a paper and packaging company called RockTenn, he served on Georgia state leadership committees for George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney's presidential campaigns.

Anna Rogers: the finance director for American Crossroads, the conservative political group founded by President Bush advisor Karl Rove. It raised more than $200 million for presidential candidates since 2012. ABC reports she’ll start working for Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC on Feb. 1.


We'll see who shows up today and tomorrow. But just from the few names that have dribbled out, it's a safe to guess that Rubio's not just going through the motions to make it look as if he wants to sell his latest book (yes, campaigns help sell books and vice-versa). Rubio will more than likely run for president -- but when and for how long are two unanswered questions.

Coincidentally, the Delano meeting happens just as a new Zogby Analytics online poll (again: online) indicates Rubio ties Gov. Jeb Bush in second place among GOP primary voters (13 percent), though former GOP nominee Mitt Romney is the nominal frontrunner at 16 percent.

** This post has been updated