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Jeb Bush’s wife, family issues key to 2016
Politico ^ | 04/16/2014 | KATIE GLUECK

Posted on 04/16/2014 7:32:11 AM PDT by GIdget2004

If Jeb Bush decides to run for president, he’ll have to defend his family’s controversial political name.

But more immediate family concerns might keep him from running at all.

Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush’s publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn’t on board with a 2016 White House run that they’re urging people in the family’s orbit to make the case.

Columba Bush has long been deeply averse to the spotlight, especially after an embarrassing encounter with U.S. Customs while her husband was still in office.

Donors also wonder whether Bush is willing to subject his family and their personal lives to the inevitable scrutiny that comes with a national campaign. Two of his children have been in the news in past years for arrests linked to drug problems and public intoxication.

So while the buzz picks up around Bush, the donor class’s new questions about old issues are a sign of not only the dynamics of a potential Bush campaign, but of how seriously a key establishment group is taking the idea of a Bush bid.

“The issues have been brought up by the press and others in the past, and the family issues may well be brought out again,” said Al Cardenas, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, who headed the Florida GOP while Bush was governor. “If these matters are brought up, it would hurt him, not politically but personally. He has to make up his mind whether that’s a burden he wants to bear.”

A top Republican bundler with ties to the Bushes described the rising concern among those lobbying Jeb Bush to enter the race that his wife’s opposition will keep him from running.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016gopprimary; 2016issues; amnesty; bush2016; bush4amnesty; bush4mexico; deport; deportjebbush; mexico

1 posted on 04/16/2014 7:32:11 AM PDT by GIdget2004
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To: GIdget2004

Politico, politico,

We’re onto you.

We know you want Bush because you KNOW he will not get elected.

Shove it up your collective smelly Obamaholes.

We aren’t buying your story...or Jeb Bush for that matter.


2 posted on 04/16/2014 7:34:22 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: GIdget2004

Read my lips...

NO NEW BUSHES!


3 posted on 04/16/2014 7:34:38 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: GIdget2004

I have a feeling Columba is behind all the “fertile immigrants” and “act of love” nonsense. Expect worse if Jeb is elected.


4 posted on 04/16/2014 7:36:26 AM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: GIdget2004

Two of Jeb’s kids arrested and involved with drugs, but I could have sworn it was only Sarah Palin’s poor parenting that’s been covered to death.


5 posted on 04/16/2014 7:37:04 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Republicans had better realize that a Bush on the ticket will lose them about 10 million or more conservative voters. I’ll be one of them.


6 posted on 04/16/2014 7:37:30 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: GIdget2004
Just as Romney was the only person in America which could have lost to Obama in 2012, Bush is the only person in America which could lose to Hillary in 2016.

Romney because of Romneycare, which nullified all attacks on Obamacare.

And, Bush, because it nullifies the return to the past / washington insider line of attack.

Basically, a Bush vs Hillary election would simply be a referendum on which past presidency was better W Bush or Bill Clintons. And that's a contest Clinton wins every time.

7 posted on 04/16/2014 7:39:27 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: GIdget2004

Lets see... Wife is busted smuggling luxury goods to beat the taxes. Son is busted trying to crawl into ex-girlfriend’s window in the wee hours clad only in speedo shorts. Daughter is busted trying to pass fraudulent prescription for narcotics. Not very moral AND not very smart.

How about some ‘acts of love’ for your deeply troubled family Jeb, and leave us the hell alone. Very few of us are as messed up as your household and we are doing just fine without you.


8 posted on 04/16/2014 7:48:04 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009
You know the GOP-e is worried when Romney's name is being vetted for a possible 2016 run.
9 posted on 04/16/2014 7:54:43 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: TheGipperWasRight

We’ll know he’s running f’sure when she changes her name from “Columba” to “Columbia”


10 posted on 04/16/2014 7:55:42 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: Wallace T.

Romney would actually match up much better against Hillary than he did against Obama, but we have so many better choices than him for 2016, Palin and Cruz in particular.


11 posted on 04/16/2014 7:56:35 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: GIdget2004

Yeah, the Republicans definitely need the most liberal of the Bushes to be their next presidential candidate.

Its clear to everyone outside of DC that Romney lost because his conservative base stayed home on election day. Running Jeb Bush will have the exact same result, only worse.


12 posted on 04/16/2014 7:56:40 AM PDT by caligatrux
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To: Psalm 144
Speedo shorts?

Definitely a deal breaker for me. I expect parents to raise their children better than that.

13 posted on 04/16/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: ken5050

Or how about changing it to Columbo to draw in senior citizen votes? They’ll think Peter Falk is running for office.


14 posted on 04/16/2014 7:58:20 AM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: Da Coyote

Nailed it you did, Coyote.


15 posted on 04/16/2014 7:59:23 AM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: Night Hides Not

Sometimes the tacky is in the details.


16 posted on 04/16/2014 8:00:55 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Psalm 144

Don’t say bad things about Jeb’s son and daughter...those are our future presidents you’re talking about.


17 posted on 04/16/2014 8:01:42 AM PDT by TheGipperWasRight
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To: GIdget2004

For as much as the Libtard Media hated that ‘smirking chimp’ George W. Bush they sure can’t wait to have his brother run...


18 posted on 04/16/2014 8:03:22 AM PDT by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period. PALIN/CRUZ 2016)
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To: TheGipperWasRight

If we live long enough, we can see a dynastic marriage between one of Pee’s and one of Chelsea’s kids; the abolition of Republicans and Democrats and their replacement with the Purple People Eaters’ Party.


19 posted on 04/16/2014 8:04:19 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I believe that Jeb Bush would have been a better president than his brother or his father. He would also be a worse candidate than Mitt Romney, John McCain or Bob Dole.

The Democrat controlled media are rooting for Jeb Bush to be the Republican candidate just like I am rooting for Joe Biden to be the Democrat candidate.

Run Joe, run! Don’t listen to the pundits. It is your turn now!


20 posted on 04/16/2014 8:04:51 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: GIdget2004

The DNC would just love to have another bush run in 2016, and the grovelling RNC would just fall all over themselves to oblige them.

I would call it “fascism vs. oligarchy redux”.

In the mean time, I wouldn’t give either one of them the correct time of day, let alone my vote.


21 posted on 04/16/2014 8:11:22 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: 9YearLurker

You’d be surprised how many Texans favor Jebbie, but they don’t know why. It’s just another familiar name.


22 posted on 04/16/2014 8:12:27 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Psalm 144

Can you explain why Texans continue to admire all Bushes?


23 posted on 04/16/2014 8:14:24 AM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Theodore R.

Not all Texans do, no more than all conservatives do. I cannot explain the allure. Perhaps the presentation of ‘wholesome family’. Perhaps the superabundance of self confidence. I cannot explain what I do not understand.


24 posted on 04/16/2014 8:20:18 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: GIdget2004

Bull$h!t! Only Republicans are subjected to this anal aperture exam! When a Republican is involved, “reporters”
find their third grade classmates and ask if they were bullies!
I’m sick of the hypocritical bull$h!t!


25 posted on 04/16/2014 8:21:03 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Theodore R.

Can you explain why Texans continue to admire all Bushes?

Well they are nice people. I mean politically speaking they are frustrating, but I think as far as getting to “know” them, they seem like very nice people. You can admire someone that you don’t necessarily agree on every issues.


26 posted on 04/16/2014 9:12:59 AM PDT by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: GIdget2004

Even if you like Jeb Bush he would be a terrible candidate for the GOP. The info in this article about his wife and kids is true. It would cloud the issues. Columba speaks with a heavy spanish accent. She is no Ann Romney or Laura Bush.


27 posted on 04/16/2014 10:28:12 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: 9YearLurker

The Bush kids’ problems have been much publicized by the media. It was just been a long time ago.


28 posted on 04/16/2014 10:36:01 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: napscoordinator
Well they are nice people.

No offense, but all you really know of them is what their handlers present to the public.

Upon entering office, Bush bought a cattle ranch in Crawford and was often seen 'working' on the ranch, clearing brush, driving around in his pickup, etc.

Upon leaving office, he promptly sold the ranch and the pick-up, then bought a condo in Midland.

The whole 'folksy' thing was purely for public consumption. Which is a nice way to say, to dupe conservatives into believing Bush was one of their own.

29 posted on 04/16/2014 10:36:54 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: lonestar

Yes, I know, at the time, but about the way Gore’s kid or the Kennedy kids have been covered—not in the least in the way that Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy was in scope or scale or as a direct reflection of parenting.


30 posted on 04/16/2014 10:42:41 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

To be fair, eight years is a long time for an older person. It’s very possible that once his two terms were over, President Bush no longer had the stamina to care for a ranch.

I’ve noticed with surprise that even I have failed in resisting the declines of age.


31 posted on 04/16/2014 10:43:04 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GIdget2004

June 22, 1999|By DAVID COX and JOHN KENNEDY Tallahassee Bureau

TALLAHASSEE — Florida first lady Columba Bush made a mistake and “feels horrible” about her embarrassing run-in with U.S. Customs agents late last week, a chagrined Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday.

“I can assure you it was a difficult weekend at our house,” the governor said. “She knew that what she did was wrong and [she] made a mistake.”

Columba Bush was briefly detained and fined at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday after her arrival following a five-day shopping spree in Paris. The governor was not with her. She declared only $500 worth of merchandise on a Customs form at the airport. But during a random check, agents found receipts indicating the governor’s wife was toting about $19,000 worth of clothing and jewelry bought in France.

Using a personal check, she paid $4,100 in duty and fines on the items. She was then allowed to continue to Tallahassee.


32 posted on 04/16/2014 10:44:54 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
A lot of Texans have met the Bushes.

I have had private conversations with all of them except Babs...and she is the only one I don't like. I don't want to meet her.

Father and son are very nice and you feel like they live next door.

George W is nothing like what you see on TV. He doesn't grope for words...real talkative, funny and big tease. We see a lot of him on local TV with vets...he really does have deep admiration for the military.

George HW is just as nice as you'll ever meet. I have heard many stories of how thoughtful he is to people who have worked for him... like the contractor who built their Houston house.

Laura ...kinda shy but very warm...and funny.

I don't pretend to be 'FRIENDS" with the Bushes!

The question was why are they so popular in Texas. I have met them the same way as have thousands of Texans. I knew them BEFORE they became active in politics. I lived in Houston. I had a friend who played tennis with W way back when...the mid '60's. (Friend loved Babs!)

They are nice, friendly, likeable people.

I have never had a political discussion with any of them.

I guess many of us see them more as people than as politicians!...away from their "handlers."

33 posted on 04/16/2014 11:24:01 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: 9YearLurker
Take it up with the media!

Do you really think a governor's kids are going to get the same attention as kids of a POTUS or VPOTUS or candidate?

You care more that it's about a Bush than what the kids of a former FL governor did?

I don't like Jeb either but not because of what his kids did 12 or 15 years ago?

34 posted on 04/16/2014 12:26:35 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
Upon leaving office, he promptly sold the ranch and the pick-up, then bought a condo in Midland.

LOL! What are your sources?

Are you bearing false witness? I don't think he sold his ranch and I doubt he bought a condo in Midland.

Do you realize how much it saved the taxpayers that he went to his ranch...or to Walker's Point for vacations?

My guess is the Bushes spent less on vacations in 12 years total than Michelle by herself in six!

35 posted on 04/16/2014 12:39:32 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar
Are you bearing false witness? I don't think he sold his ranch and I doubt he bought a condo in Midland.

You're right. He didn't sell the ranch, but he did sell his pick-up and bought a condo in Houston.

Do you realize how much it saved the taxpayers that he went to his ranch...or to Walker's Point for vacations?

Huzzah! He saved the taxpayers by vacationing in Texas. How much did his Anti-American, Pro-Mexican immigration and economic policies cost Americans?

My guess is the Bushes spent less on vacations in 12 years total than Michelle by herself in six!

Any encouraging words on his policies and their effects on the American economy? Nation-building in Iraq & Afghanistan? Bailing out the banks who helped cause the sub-prime real estate debacle?

Oh, that's right. He was a real-nice guy. Just like all his Mexican friends who are just wanting to do the jobs Americans won't do.

36 posted on 04/16/2014 1:41:23 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
You're right. He didn't sell the ranch, but he did sell his pick-up and bought a condo in Houston.

You are an so ignorant! The truck was sold and $$$$ donated to a charity.

Why would he buy a condo in Houston? He didn't!

Have you forgotten the part that Dodd and Frank played on the economy during Bush's term?

I doubt you knew at the time!

37 posted on 04/16/2014 3:16:51 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar
Have you forgotten the part that Dodd and Frank played on the economy during Bush's term?

Who signed the Partnership for Prosperity Agreement with Mexico in 2001? Bush, Dodd or Frank?

Who signed the USA PATRIOT Act into law that changed the banking regulations to allow Mexican illegal aliens access to US bank accounts, business, home & auto loans and US credit card accounts, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

In June, 2002, who said he wanted to see 5.5 million new homeowners by 2010 and called on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to increase commitments to the 'minority' market by $440 billion, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

In June, 2002, who called for the creation of the American Dream Down Payment Fund and signed it into law, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

Who created the New Alliance Task Force in 2003, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

Who was responsible for the decline of worksite arrests of illegal aliens falling some 97 percent, from 2,859 in 1999 to 159 in 2004, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

Who was responsible for the investigations targeting employers of illegal immigrants falling more than 70 percent, from 7,637 in 1997 to 2,194 in 2003, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

Who caused arrests on job sites falling from 17,554 in 1997 to 445 in 2003 and fines levied for immigration-law violations to fall from 778 in 1997 to 124 in 2003, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

Who was responsible for notices of intent to fine employers to fall from 865 in 1997 to just 3 in 2004, Bush Dodd or Frank?

Who failed to build the border fence despite receiving funding from Congress, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

Who signed the Social Security Totalization Agreement (with Mexico) in 2004, Bush, Dodd or Frank?

38 posted on 04/16/2014 5:04:15 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

https://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2008/09/21/the-white-house-warned-congress-about-fannie-mae-freddie-mac-17-times-in-2008-alone/


39 posted on 04/16/2014 5:09:28 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: lonestar
President Calls for Expanding Opportunities to Home Ownership, June 17, 2002:

"And let me talk about some of the progress which we have made to date, as an example for others to follow. First of all, government sponsored corporations that help create our mortgage system -- I introduced two of the leaders here today -- they call those people Fannie May and Freddie Mac, as well as the federal home loan banks, will increase their commitment to minority markets by more than $440 billion. I want to thank Leland and Franklin for that commitment. It's a commitment that conforms to their charters, as well, and also conforms to their hearts."

40 posted on 04/17/2014 12:44:06 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

I did not know about the Midland condo, missed that. Are he and Laura still living separately?


41 posted on 04/17/2014 8:33:37 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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