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Jeb Bush to raise money Oct. 20 in Bay Area

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is Bay Area-bound, with fundraisers scheduled next Tuesday, Oct. 20 in San Francisco and Woodside.

Bush first will attend a luncheon reception at the Pacific Heights home of tech entrepreneur and investor Trevor Traina and his wife, Modern House Wines proprietor Alexis Traina, in San Francisco. Later, he’ll attend an evening reception at the Woodside home of money manager Paul Edwards and his wife, Woodside Elementary School District Trustee Silvia Edwards.

A ticket to either costs $2,700, though raising $10,000 confers co-host status – with access to a photo reception – and raising $27,000 earns a place on the California finance committee with the photo op and a ticket to a future debate. Both events will be closed to the press.

Other co-chairs of the Bay Area events include Cavalry Asset Management managing partner John Hurley and his wife, Kamilla, of San Francisco; brokerage and banking mogul Charles Schwab and his wife, Helen, of Woodside; and Sequoia Capital partner and former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Tom Stephenson and his wife, Barbara, of Atherton.

Co-hosts so far include Thumbtack general counsel Katie Biber Chen of San Francisco, who was general counsel to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign; venture capitalist Bill Draper of Atherton, former president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and a longtime Bush family friend; William Grayson of San Francisco, a senior advisor at Bernstein Global Wealth Management; Ed Hearst of Danville, an attorney and government affairs executive; Greg Johnson of Hillsborough, chairman and CEO of Franklin Templeton Investments; Jay Kern of Ross, a founder and general partner of Kern Whelan Capital; attorney Josh Lipshutz, a partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher; and Carole McNeil of Belvedere, widow of late real estate mogul Robert McNeil.

Though Bush has seemed to be the odds-on favorite of establishment Republicans, and while the super PAC backing his campaign raised a record $103 million in the year’s first half, Bush currently ranks fifth in an average of seven national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marcio Rubio and Carly Fiorina. He’s sixth in Iowa behind Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Ted Cruz and Rubio, and fifth in New Hampshire behind Trump, Fiorina, Carson and Rubio.

Jeb Bush invite 10-20-15

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More odd campaign merchandise selections

It’s been a few months since I browsed the presidential candidates’ campaign stores, so I thought it might be time to take another look to see what’s OH MY GOD WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING HERE?

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This truly is for sale on Ted Cruz’s website. For $50. For reals.

Looking elsewhere, there’s the Grillary Clinton grilling spatula ($18) and the Chillary Clinton beverage Koozies ($5). Bernie Sanders is making the most of a good viral slogan with a full line of “Feel the Bern” merchandise. Carly Fiorina seems to be the only one with a whole separate section of dog shirts ($22 each).

Jeb's Guaca BowleAnd Jeb Bush is offering a $75 “Guaca Bowle” (a molcajete without the pestle?) in which to make your dip before the next debate. “Jeb’s secret guacamole recipe not included… yet.” Latino voter outreach, indeed!

Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chaffee, and Jim Webb are among those who don’t have stores at all on their campaign websites. (Webb’s site, oddly, seems to have a shopping cart but nothing to put in it.) On one hand, they’re avoiding the crass commercialization of modern U.S. politics; on the other, there ain’t many clamoring to buy their stuff, anyway.

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The GOP candidates’ Secret Service code names

In case you missed it, one of the (intentionally) funniest moments at last night’s Republican presidential debate came when the candidates were asked what they would pick as their Secret Service code names if elected president.

Jeb Bush pretty clearly won this one by responding “Eveready – it’s very high energy, Donald” to counter Donald Trump’s prior criticisms that Bush has been sluggish on the campaign trail. But Trump got some points for his ever-so-slightly introspective, one-word answer: “Humble.”

Here’s what the rest of them chose, somewhere along the spectrum from woodenness to sly humor:

  • Chris Christie – “True Heart”
  • John Kasich – “Unit One”
  • Carly Fiorina – “Secretariat”
  • Scott Walker – “Harley”
  • Ben Carson – “One Nation”
  • Ted Cruz – “Cohiba”
  • Marco Rubio – “Gator”
  • Mike Huckabee – “Duck Hunter”
  • Rand Paul – “Justice Never Sleeps”
  • But here are MY picks for them:

  • Jeb Bush – “Threepeat”
  • Donald Trump – “Apprentice”
  • Chris Christie – “Traffic Jam”
  • John Kasich – “Longshot”
  • Carly Fiorina – “Pink Slip”
  • Scott Walker – “Stumbler”
  • Ben Carson – “Sleepy Doc”
  • Ted Cruz – “Cruise Ship”
  • Marco Rubio – “Gulper”
  • Mike Huckabee – “Preacher”
  • Rand Paul – “Wiretap”
  • Make your own suggestions in the comments (but as always, keep it clean).

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    Mike Honda blasts Jeb Bush on ‘anchor babies’

    Rep. Mike Honda has added his voice to the chorus of Democrats and Asian Americans criticizing Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush for his comments about “anchor babies.”

    The former Florida governor was in McAllen, Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday when he defended his use of the term to describe children born in the United States to parents who immigrated illegally. He argued that he’s been “immersed in the immigrant experience” personally and said it’s “ludicrous” to say he used the phrase as a slur.

    “What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed where there’s organized efforts, and frankly, it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children in that organized efforts taking advantage of a noble concept which is birthright citizenship,” he said. “I support the 14th Amendment.”

    “This language is a slur against all immigrants and has no place in our culture. We need to be focused on elevating the conversation and working towards real, comprehensive immigration reform,” said Honda, D-San Jose, who is chairman emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

    “Our country is one founded on a multitude of cultures and backgrounds, and such close-minded language goes against the foundation of our democracy. The 14th Amendment of our Constitution guarantees citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States, and we cannot stand by and let anyone diminish that right,” he said. “In Silicon Valley – one of the most diverse areas of our country – we celebrate people from all backgrounds and their contributions to our nation. As the representative of the only Asian American majority district in the continental United States, and as a proud American of Japanese descent, I strongly condemn these statements.”

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    Donald Trump wins a South Bay GOP straw poll

    Billionaire businessman and reality television star Donald Trump topped the presidential straw poll at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition picnic Sunday at the Morgan Estate in Los Altos Hills.

    Out of 144 votes cast, Trump got 39 votes, or 27 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came in second with 27 votes (18 percent), followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (20 votes, 13 percent); U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (16 votes, 11 percent); and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (13 votes, 9 percent). Notably absent from among the poll’s top finishers: former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who used to live less than two and a half miles from the site of Sunday’s picnic.

    Poll participants were given the opportunity to mark a second choice as well. Of those whose first choices didn’t finish in the top five, five picked Rubio as their second choice, four picked Bush, four picked Trump, three picked Walker and two picked Kasich.

    “The field is still pretty wide open, but there seems a trend in favor of more conservative candidates,” SPARC president John McDonnell said. “The results belie the conventional wisdom that Trump’s appeal will fade among party regulars, but the results also suggest strong support for Jeb Bush, the ‘establishment’ candidate. We can expect some considerable ebb and flow between now and the hard results in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.”

    SPARC is affiliated with the California Congress of Republicans, a mainstream conservative grassroots group that’s chartered as part of the state GOP. The keynote speaker at Sunday’s picnic was Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Dublin, the Bay Area’s only Republican voice in Sacramento.

    Trump holds an 11-point lead over Bush in the latest average of recent national polls compiled by Real Clear Politics, followed by neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson; Walker; Rubio; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; and Fiorina. In Iowa, Trump leads Bush by about 8 points; in New Hampshire, Trump leads Kasich by 14.

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    More from Jeb Bush’s San Francisco event

    We’ve posted my story on Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s visit to San Francisco startup Thumbtack this morning, but as usual, there’s lots more in the notebook than there was room in the story.

    Jeb Bush arrives at Thumbtack 7-16-2015 (photo by Josh Richman)Thumbtack cofounder and CEO Marco Zappacosta, 30, a Libertarian from Atherton, asked Bush what his motivation was for running for president. Bush quipped that the crowd might not realize that his father and brother served as president, a fact which “adds complication to my life” by creating expectations. He said he’s running “not to fulfill some sort of dynastic notion,” but to help the nation achieve the greatness of which he believes it’s on the cusp, and without which many Americans will suffer.

    He added that he’s not “angry” like some of his rivals seem to be. “They’re good at preying on people’s angst and legitimate concerns about the future of our country.”

    Bush praised the “well-intentioned” efforts of President Barack Obama to bring cutting-edge technology into government. “The reason it isn’t working is because all this institutional crud, if you will, needs to be cleaned out.”

    That means not only reducing regulations and bureaucracy, but also addressing an educational system which spends more per student than any other in the world yet leaves only 40 percent of high-school graduates college- or career-ready. “We have to build quality, build capacity for people to achieve success.”

    One Thumbtack employee identified himself as a Miami native and gun owner, but said he’s troubled by Bush’s lack of support for adequate gun controls including universal background checks for all firearms purchases. Bush said Florida’s background checks are “helpful,” but “that should be driven by the states;” he also noted that although Florida has a high number of concealed-carry permits, its crime rate fell during his gubernatorial tenure due to “a certainty of punishment when people commit a crime with a gun.”

    “We may have to disagree on this,” Bush told the worker.

    Bush said he believes in equal pay for women who do the same work as men, and said laws already are in place to let workers challenge discrimination in court.

    Jeb Bush at Thumbtack 7-16-2015 (photo by Josh Richman)Afterward and outside, Bush told reporters he’s touched by the tragedy of Kathryn Steinle’s July 1 slaying on San Francisco’s Pier 14 allegedly at the hands of Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, a 52-year-old felon who earlier had been deported five times. But he said fiery, anti-Mexican rhetoric from rival Donald Trump isn’t the answer: “I don’t think it’s appropriate as a potential president to prey on that fear.”

    Asked about rival Rick Perry’s comment that Trump is offering “a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense,” Bush replied that Perry has been running the kind of principled campaign of policy proposals “that I’m respectful of.”

    Bush also said “sanctuary cities” like San Francisco that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities should not be given federal law enforcement funding.

    After Bush’s departure, Zappacosta said the issues likely to sway this election are less those of specific interest to Silicon Valley and more the broad areas of job creation, education and national security. As a company that represents “hundreds of thousands of small businesses across the country,” he said, Thumbtack was a great venue for Bush to discuss fostering small-business innovation. “It’s clearly a topic that he’s thought hard about.”