As he meets with donors on Friday and Saturday in Miami and prepares his latest book tour next month, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is signaling that a 2016 Republican presidential campaign remains a top priority. To oversee his fundraising efforts, Rubio has hired Anna Rogers, who is currently finance director for the American Crossroads political action committee started by political strategist Karl Rove.
Rubio has also secured backing from George Seay and Jim Rubrich to help raise money, if the Florida Republican decides to run, a Rubio adviser told Bloomberg Politics on the condition of anonymity. Seay, the chairman/founder of Dallas-based Annandale Partners, was the Texas finance chairman for the 2012 presidential campaign of Rick Perry, who has said he’s considering another run in 2016. The moves were first reported by ABC News.
Rubio will spend much of next week raising money in California for his Senate re-election in 2016, money that could be transferred to a presidential race, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday.
Rubio, 43, will be on the road next month to promote American Dreams, his new book focused on economic policies. The dates will likely include stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida, and Nevada, all important early states in the presidential nominating process. The Senate has a recess planned for the week of Feb. 16.
An energetic speaker who has positioned himself as one of his party’s policy wonks, Rubio has been talked about as a presidential contender since the 2010 Tea Party wave helped sweep him into the Senate. Some have questioned whether that remains possible after he helped write a comprehensive immigration bill that included a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. Another hurdle: Much of the Republican political establishment in his home state is lining up behind former Governor Jeb Bush, who is also considering a White House bid.