The Corner

Jeb Bush Set to Tap Policy Director

Jeb Bush will in the coming days name Justin Muzinich the policy director of his likely 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple sources. 

Muzinich, who holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Harvard and a law degree from Yale, has spent his career in finance, first at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions, and then at the hedge fund EMS Capital. He currently serves as vice chairman of Muzinich & Co., the New York City investment firm.

Bush has thrived among the party’s top-dollar donors in New York City since the announcement of his campaign in December, and, as the Washington Post has reported, he has since had to ask contributors to keep their largesse under $1 million.

At the same time, Bush, the consummate political insider, has looked to make some unconventional hires from outside the Beltway: David Kochel, Mitt Romney’s Iowa strategist — a well-respected Republican operative but not a marquee name — is expected to serve as his campaign manager, and now he is expected to pull Muzinich from the private sector to oversee his policy team. 

Late last month, Bush announced that he was bringing on April Ponnuru, a leading member of the reform-conservative movement (and the wife of National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru) as a senior policy adviser. 


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