William Temple, a tri-corner hat wearing Brunswick, Ga., man who bills himself as the “Colonial face of the tea party,” is urging attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference to take a stand when Jeb Bush shows up Friday -- head for the exits.
“I’m asking for a mass bathroom retreat, nice and polite,” said Temple, who dresses as Button Gwinnett, one of three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. “I like Jeb as a friend, but I don’t like CPAC inviting non-conservatives.”
Temple, who has also pressed for walkouts of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and others, said he opposes Bush’s stand on the education standards known as Common Core and on immigration.
“It’s pretty clear the Republican side wants none of that,” Temple said. Several attendees said Temple had approached them and asked them to boycott but said they’d decline.
“It’s not polite,” one woman told a reporter.
Bush speaks Friday afternoon after Donald Trump, Rick Santorum and the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre.