Rubio’s Sugar Daddy

From a Politico piece on Rubio’s Sugar Daddy:

Marco Rubio’s campaign is premised on the idea that he’s the candidate best suited to bridge the divide between conservatives and the GOP establishment — if he can stay in the race long enough to make that case against better-funded opponents like Jeb Bush.

Enter Norman Braman, an 82-year-old self-made billionaire with a fondness for Rubio and an equally intense distaste for Bush.

Braman, a former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football franchise, is poised to occupy the sugar-daddy role for Rubio that, in 2012, Sheldon Adelson played for Newt Gingrich and Foster Friess played for Rick Santorum: the mega-contributor who kept their candidacies afloat even after other donors had written them off.

The Miami businessman, Braman’s friends say, is considering spending anywhere from $10 million to $25 million — and possibly even more — on Rubio’s behalf, a cash stake that could potentially alter the course of the Republican race by enabling the Florida senator to wage a protracted fight for the nomination.

Adelson, (the oddball Christian) Friess, and now Braman.

So… I wonder what a President Rubio’s policy towards Israel might be? From the Politico piece:

After Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010 — a race that Braman and his wife Irma poured nearly $10,000 into — the two families traveled together to Israel.

In his recently published memoir, Rubio dedicated an entire paragraph of the acknowledgments to Braman and suggested that he’d become a father-like figure to him.

I suppose it’s a sign of the times, and a dynamic that will only get worse: incomparable mega-wealth pouring zillions into a perception-based, medium-is-the-message Media Culture… one which is increasingly predictive of Jellyfish voting behavior.

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