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William Weld, Jane Swift give backing to Jeb Bush

A few of the big stars in the modest-sized Massachusetts Republican firmament are throwing their weight behind former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s presidential candidacy.

Former governor William Weld and former acting governor Jane Swift have signed on with Bush, and are planning to host Bush campaign events and help with get-out-the-vote efforts, according to a Bush campaign official.

Along with Weld and Swift, former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, now president of Babson College, and Jan Cellucci, widow of former governor Paul Cellucci, are formally backing the Bush campaign.

Bush is set to campaign Wednesday in Manchester, N.H., as polls have showed declining support .


Bush has picked up other support from the state’s GOP establishment. In July, Beth Myers and Peter Flaherty, longtime aides to Mitt Romney, the former governor and 2012 presidential nominee, announced they were joining the campaign as senior advisers. Ron Kaufman, the state’s national GOP committeeman and a longtime supporter of the Bush family, has also provided support.

Jim O’Sullivan can be reached at jim.osullivan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JOSreports.