To an extent that would have been unthinkable in past elections, one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination has stocked his inner circle with advisers who are vocal proponents of gay rights. And while the Bush camp says his platform will not be shaped by his lieutenants’ personal beliefs, many in the monied, moderate, corporate wing of the GOP — including pragmatic donors, secular politicos, and other members of the establishment — are cheering the early hires as a sign that Bush will position himself as the gay-friendly Republican in the 2016 field.
Jeb’s campaign manager is David Kochel, who has been prominent at pro-homosexaul political gatherings where he has called on the Republican Party to “modernise” its social agenda. He said in one interview “the culture wars are kind of over, and Republicans largely lost.”
When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign manager who has urged the Republican Party to adopt a pro-gay agenda; a chief strategist who signed a Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for marriage equality in California; a longtime adviser who once encouraged her minister to stick to his guns in preaching equality for same-sex couples; and a communications director who is openly gay.
Bush is already viewed with concern by Conservatives because of his support for liberal social issues like amnesty for illegal immigrants (votes for Democrats) and common core education. (left wing indoctrination). An attack on traditional marriage would tip the scales for many anti-progressive voters.