I’ve known Jeb Bush since the day he first arrived in Florida. It was 1980 and I was invited to a suite at the swanky Omni Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard. There he was—George H.W. Bush’s son—tall, handsome and bilingual. He was coming to South Florida to play for keeps and would go on to become state chairman of the GOP and, eventually, governor.
About 20 of us were invited to meet him. We were community leaders, a few journalists and businessmen and women. We crammed into the room to hear and meet the prodigal son and he delivered, impressively and compassionately.
Of course, any politician can say what he thinks a crowd wants to hear in that moment. But Jeb Bush continued his commitment to much of what he promised back then in 1980. And last night, he remained true to it.
It would have been so easy for Bush …