Rick Santorum Summons Former Aides to Talk 2016

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) is planning a “private briefing” with approximately two dozen “friends and former colleagues” in Washington next week.

CNN reported on the “Personal Invitation from Senator Santorum,” after being provided with a copy from an invitee. The invitation went out to individuals who worked with Santorum in the Senate, as well on his previous camapigns.

“As you probably know, RJS is seriously considering a run for the White House in 2016,” Santorum adviser Matt Beynon wrote in the email, using Santorum’s initials.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s serious look into a 2016 run has likely factored into other possible candidates’ decisions. With two former presidents as family, Jeb’s ability to tap the GOP’s big donor network will make him a formidable competitor:

“With the midterms and the new year behind us, he is beginning the final stages of preparation and consideration of another campaign,” Beynon wrote.

Santorum, he wrote, “would like to give you a personal update on his plans” at a “private briefing” on Jan. 13 at the offices of the American Continental Group, a lobbying and public affairs office in Washington.

Among the Santorum alumni invited to the session are a number of top lobbyists and political strategists who once worked for the former congressman and senator from Pennsylvania, including former George W. Bush spokesman Tony Fratto and former Republican National Committee finance director Rob Bickhart.

With Huckabee leaving Fox to possibly consider his own run, Santorum’s path through the primary as a conservative alternative may be difficult.


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