Who Said Latinas Don’t Influence Presidential Politics?


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Several years ago, Columba Bush was at a Republican women’s gathering in Jacksonville, Florida, looking like she wanted to bolt for the exit. Tom Slade Jr. – former chairman of the Florida GOP and a friend of Columba and her famous husband, former Gov. Jeb Bush – recalled how she seemed utterly ill at ease.
Her dislike of being in the spotlight, and at events where people go to see who’s there and to be seen, is well-known among those who know the Bush couple.
Columba Bush, who is 60, has endured it, Slade told the Washington Post, because the high-profile world of politics is one her husband revels in, like a fish in water.
He recalled her saying “Jebby really does love politics, so I can’t stand in his way.”
But whether that also goes for being on-board with her husband, who is 61, running for president in 2016 is, for the moment, anyone’s guess.
Jeb Bush’s eldest son, George P. Bush, recently said in an interview with Fox News that his father will look at the impact a run for the presidency in 2016 would have on his family before deciding whether or not to throw his hat in the ring.
Bush said his father would likely evaluate “the rigors on family life” as well as how a presidential campaign would fit in with his role as a businessman.
“He is leaving the option open, but he will make his assessment later in the year,” said the younger Bush.  “He hasn’t indicated one way or the other. I think he is assessing it seriously.”
Columba and Jeb, who have been together for 40 years, met in her native Mexico in the early 1970s when he was an exchange student there. They regularly speak to each other in Spanish, various published reports note.
She is a staunch, albeit behind-the-scenes, advocate for Latinos, telling the Gainesville Sun many years ago that she often has pointed out to the political family dynasty the important contributions of Latinos.
To read full article: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2014/05/15/jeb-bush-friends-say-whether-hell-run-for-president-depends-on-his-wife-columba/