Jeb Bush — that was Tom Foley’s answer when asked to name a governor past or present that he would seek to emulate if elected to Connecticut’s highest office.
The two Republicans will share the dais Thursday night at an off-the-record networking dinner for CEOs in Greenwich, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned.
Staked to a 6-point lead over Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy in a new Quinnipiac University poll, Foley is scheduled to introduce Bush at the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) dinner at Tamarack Country Club.
Bush, 61, who served as Florida governor from 1999 to 2007, is testing the waters for a White House run in 2016.
Ironically, his older brother, former President George W. Bush, addressed the same group of executives about a decade ago in Greenwich.
The event is being held by the Fairchester chapter of YPO, an invitation-only organization for business leaders.
Foley, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland during the second term of George W. Bush, was a major bundler of campaign cash for the 43rd president.
In April, Jeb Bush was the keynote speaker at the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford, the state GOP’s marquee fundraiser of the year that is named after Bush’s late grandfather, who represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate.
Foley sat on the dais behind Bush at that event, shown in the photo above.