Today, Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant released the following statement on Jeb Bush’s announcement that he will actively explore a run for president:
“Seriously? If Jeb Bush hasn’t been exploring running for president for months, what has he been doing? This latest tease to the media has more to do with keeping his name in the headlines than actually hearing about the challenges Americans are facing.
“Here’s the good news: with this announcement, Americans are going to get their first chance to learn about Jeb Bush. As Florida governor, Jeb was a partisan extremist who fought to privatize public education and abused the power of government to interfere in private medical decisions in the Terri Schiavo case. Since leaving office, he’s used his family name and political connections to get a job at Lehman Brothers and make millions of dollars from shady offshore investments.
“As Jeb explores a run for president, Americans are going to learn that he’s always fought for the wealthy special interests and those at the top like him, while letting the middle class suffer.”