The Florida family feud between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio took a surprising turn on Thursday night when a tracker for a super PAC supporting the former governor tried to slip into an Iowa event for Rubio, whose staff quickly spotted and removed him.
The incident involving the Right to Rise super PAC stripped away another veneer of civility between the two friends-turned-campaign rivals, who have been slowly escalating their criticisms of one another.
“It was ill-spirited. Republicans shouldn’t be attacking other Republicans,” said Chris Mudd, who hosted the Cedar Falls Town Hall for Rubio at Mudd Advertising, where the tracker was seen and asked to leave about 6 p.m. local time.
For Rubio backers like Mudd, the situation exposed a contradiction in Bush's “Right to Rise” rhetoric. The former governor has repeatedly invoked that phrase since the committee was set up in January, with his blessing, saying he looked "forward to an exchange of ideas and substantive policy proposals.”