Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is returning to Tallahassee as a consultant for the lobbying firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the firm announced Monday.
Under the terms of the relationship, Bush “will act as a strategic consultant to the firm and its clients,” the statement said. He will focus most of his efforts in Florida, where he served two terms as governor.
Buchanan’s Florida clients include major health care providers, sugar advocacy groups and daily fantasy sports leagues Draft Kings and FanDuel.
“Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is an outstanding advisor to its clients, and I look forward to collaborating with them,” said Bush, who was seen by many as the leading candidate of the Republican establishment during the recent presidential campaign.
This move confirms what many voters feared about Bush, and even contradicts statements he made on the campaign trail.
In July 2015, Bush pledged to disrupt the revolving-door culture of Washington, D.C.
“We need to help politicians to rediscover life outside of Washington, which — who knows? — might even be a pleasant surprise for them,” Bush joked.
In his first policy speech as a presidential candidate, Bush proposed a six-year ban on lobbying for former members of the House and Senate. “We need a president willing to challenge the whole culture in our nation’s capital — and I mean to do it,” Bush vowed.
However, less than a year after dropping out of the GOP primary, Bush seems to have had a change of heart.
“We live in a complex business and political environment, and I believe that putting my knowledge and experience together with Buchanan’s professional acumen will help Buchanan’s clients grow and prosper,” he stated Monday.
Bush will find himself in familiar company in this new venture.
A longtime friend and adviser to the former governor, Mac Stipanovich, chairs Buchanan’s Florida government relations department.
Jim Magil, who served as director of legislative affairs for Bush from 2002 to 2004, also works for Buchanan, representing entities before the Florida legislature and state agencies.
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