A little slip of paper went viral on social media Monday when supporters of Bush’s rival Republican candidates posted and tweeted the ad which read “$$ Earn Fast Cash Today $$” and offered big bucks to attend Jeb’s final rally in Des Moines.
Seat fillers needed for TODAY (Feb. 1) at 12 pm for campaign event. $25 an hour, 2 hour max. Bring your friends! First come/first served. Please be prompt…For more information contact email@example.com. Report to Dale at the entrance to the Jeb Bush rally.”
When emailed, “Dale” responded:
Please arrive no later than 12 noon. Follow the signs for the Jeb Bush rally. Dale will be at a table near the entrance to check you in. Dress is ‘smart casual.’ Payment to be received upon exit.”
The number provided by the group could not be reached, and the voicemail belonged to a person named Jason. It was later changed to Dale Herbert Events.
Meanwhile, Jeb made a triumphant entrance to his rally with a full house of smart, casual young Republicans chanting “President Bush! President Bush!”
Jeb went into his usual spiel, attacking Barak Obama for blaming his predecessor (George W.) for the country’s obvious problems and his failure to keep promises, then cited the legacies of daddy and brother as the leaders who “got it right” in terms of national security. Jeb went on to proclaim W is “the most popular Republican alive today.” The crowd cheered. Apparently there are people who would do that even without being paid.
The event was suddenly interrupted by two young men shouting:
We’ve been here for over two hours, and we haven’t been paid for our time! I’m serious!”
The hecklers were escorted from the room by security personnel as Bush shot back, “That is such–get out of here, man.” He then asked, “Have the YRs left the room?” referring to the Young Republicans, a group notorious causing disruptions at rivals’ rallies.
Jeb’s campaign quickly disclaimed the flier as a hoax. Bush’s communications director, Tim Miller, implied that Conservative Solutions PAC, which supports Marco Rubio, was responsible. Jeff Sadosky, spokesperson for the PAC, responded they had nothing whatsoever to do with the prank, and he has “no clue” as to who did.
Meanwhile, there are some sad-faced young people who did all that cheering for nothing. Maybe Jeb should pay them for their time.