Let's see if this gets any coverage in the national media. From the Guardian:
Jeb Bush will convene next week with a clutch of coal mining barons and reliable Republican party donors who have paid at least $7,500 each to huddle in secret with the presidential hopeful at a golfing and fly-fishing retreat in a hidden-away corner of Virginia.
Bush’s scheduled one-hour speech at the Coal & Investment Leadership Forum will take place at the members-only Olde Farm club in Bristol, Virginia, where the civil war-themed golf tournament is a “cherished tradition.”
The under-the-radar appearance, which is invitation-only and off-limits to the press, will bring the potential presidential candidate face to face with the owners and chief executives of coal mining and energy companies at a critical time for the energy industry and for Bush’s political ambitions.
Let's see, pay at least $7500 to hear Jeb Bush speak to a group of coal company owners? Three thoughts come quickly to mind:
1. Where are the other candidates from the already overcrowded Republican field? If money is most important to winning the nomination and getting elected president, maybe the coal executives have already significantly narrowed the list of who should win the nomination.
2. It's "secret," by "invitation only," and the press is not invited -- I'm sure the security for the event will check everyone for recording devices. Most likely what Bush says will be coded but it would be interesting if a recording or transcript were to get out.
3. A civil war-themed golf tournament held in southern Virginia? Huh? (No, this info did not come from the Onion.) This one's too easy -- you'll have to write your own jokes.