Neither Romney nor Perry has done the one thing that truly excites the Koch brothers and their fellow deep-pocketed Christie fans: take on the public sector unions in a big way.
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry, currently the frontrunner in the Republican presidential nomination contest, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a pilgrimage in June to a Colorado gathering of wealthy right-wing donors convened by billionaires Charles and David Koch, one man clearly impressed the brothers much more than the other.
Introducing Christie, who delivered the keynote address to the Koch Industries gathering, David Koch gushed. “With his enormous success in reforming New Jersey, some day we might see him on a larger stage where, God knows, he is desperately needed,” said Koch, according to secretly recorded audio files of the event obtained by Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog.
Yet Christie, foe of teachers and their unions, had made it plain months before in no uncertain terms: he was not running for president. “[S]hort of suicide, I don’t really know what I’d have to do to convince you people that I’m not running,” Christie told a group of reporters in February. “I’m not running.”
His protestations aside, a new push for a Christie candidacy by a handful of high-flying Republican political donors — including Koch, the moneybags behind the Tea Party aligned group, Americans for Prosperity, and countless other right-wing organizations and efforts — has the political world aflutter at the prospect of the pugilistic former prosecutor on the debate stand. Republican luminaries including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol have suggested Christie enter the presidential contest, and even Karl Rove has publicly mused on that possibility. Further stoking the speculation, Christie last night delivered at the Reagan Library a speech that sounded for all of the world like the rationale for a Christie presidential candidacy.
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