The Gang's All Here
Having the Bush institutional support will give McCain a leg-up over the competition when it comes to winning the endorsement race. His challenge will be reaching outside of that circle of influence to activists and non-Bushies.
Failor's involvement is particularly significant because of the influence he has through Iowans for Tax Relief, a group that according to the AP report is the largest PAC in the State. Those contacts allowed Failor to build a very strong organization last year for George Pataki's 21st Century Freedom PAC. When Failor left the Pataki campaign in November, much of the campaign organization went with him. That departure almost singlehandedly brought about Pataki's apparent demise here in Iowa. Pataki was left with an empty cupboard and tumbling odds on The Cooler Line. If nothing else that shows the organizational strength Failor can bring to a campaign.