Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has scheduled a second stop on his two-day visit to New Hampshire next week — his first vintage New Hampshire house party.
The New Hampshire Journal has learned that former state Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen and his wife, Jenny, will host a “meet and greet” with the likely presidential candidate at their home in Dover on the evening of Friday, March 13. Cullen made it clear that he likes Bush but the fact that he is hosting the event does not mean he is endorsing him – “at this time.”
Fergus Cullen: to host Jeb Bush on March 13
The Cullen house party will follow a Bush appearance at a fundraiser reception for U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta in Manchester earlier that evening. The New Hampshire Journal first reported on this event last week. Bush will also be in the state on Saturday, March 14.
In an invitation obtained by the Journal, Fergus Cullen writes that “this will be his first New Hampshire house party. While Jenny and I are not endorsing Governor Bush’s potential candidacy at this time, I do like his record as a successful, conservative governor of Florida (1999-2007), I like the message and tone he has expressed in recent months, and I look forward to hearing what he has to say in person.”
Fergus Cullen chaired the NHGOP in 2007 and 2008, and at age 34 was the youngest state chairman in the country when he was elected. He currently owns a research, advocacy and public affairs firm and has a regular opinion column in the New Hampshire Union Leader. He is a director of the Yankee Institute, a pro-free-market think tank located on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.