jump to navigation

Jeb Bush poised for Florida Senate run December 27, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in News.
trackback

Courtesy Politico:

As Caroline Kennedy pursues her bright-lights, big-city bid for the U.S. Senate, another child of dynasty is quietly testing the waters for his own Senate run. 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the son of one president and the brother of another — has been working the phones since Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) announced earlier this month that he won’t seek reelection in 2010. Sources say Bush hasn’t made up his mind about running for Martinez’ seat, but that he’s getting green lights from would-be contributors and blessings from Republican Party leaders. 

Strategists and political observers take it as a sign that Bush will run. 

“Everything indicates that he’s in,” said David Johnson, a Republican strategist and the CEO of Strategic Vision. “You’re not making calls and laying the ground work for fundraising unless you’re clearing the field for your candidacy.” 

Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida and an expert on Florida politics, said Bush’s phone calls around the state are “a good sign” that he could be jumping in the race, something that she says is “music to the ears of Florida Republicans.” 

“Nothing could have come at a better time,” MacManus said. “Republicans here in Florida were so down after the election. The mere mention of Jeb’s potential Senate run has put Republicans in a much more festive holiday mood.” 

Still, those who know Jeb Bush best say there’s just no telling what he’ll decide.

“I would be more surprised if he did run than if he didn’t,” said Republican state Sen. Michael Bennett. “And I know that’s surprising considering he would be walking away from a surefire win and a seat in the U.S. Senate. I don’t know of many people who would walk away from that.” 

Bennett said that the legislative process has never appealed to Bush. 

“Jeb wants to be king. He doesn’t want to be a prince,” he said. “He’s used to getting things done and getting things done now. He’s not one to wait for the process.”

-Article Continues @ Sourced Site.

Advertisements

Comments»

1. coffee - January 9, 2009

the crazy thing is that a lot of people would actually vote for Jeb Bush (the brother of George W)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: