The Hill surveyed the 17-member GOP delegation, and found that Reps. Ander Crenshaw, David Jolly, Dennis Ross, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Díaz-Balart are already in the Bush camp.
“I’m with him, I’m all in with him,” Díaz-Balart told The Hill. “I don’t think there’s anybody more prepared to be president than Jeb Bush.”
Like Bush, Díaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen are supporters of comprehensive immigration reform. Republican operatives say Bush’s immigration stance will hurt his chances in the 2016 primary.
Jolly said, “For me, the experience that Jeb brings is markedly different from the experience of just about anybody else in the field — not just Marco, but anybody else in the field. I’m somebody who appreciates the diversity and length of Bush’s experience.”
Bush called the five Florida members and asked for their support, the lawmakers said. Ross said Bush also asked him for help in getting other members of the Florida GOP delegation on board.