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  • America Votes

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    Monday, February 23, 2004

    Jeb's scandals could drag his brother down 

    Jeb Bush has long flourished as Florida's Teflon governor, surviving bitter partisan battles over his reshaping of state government with high approval ratings and even a landslide reelection.

    But swirling scandals enveloping the agencies in his administration that are responsible for taking care of children now threaten to soil Bush's legacy on a centerpiece of his political agenda: improving the lives of those he has called Florida's "most vulnerable.''

    Bush has succeeded so far in treating each controversy as an isolated case, but Democrats are now preparing to toss them together in an explosive election-year brew designed to weaken the governor's popularity - and make Florida's 27 electoral votes that much more difficult for his brother, President Bush, to win in November.

    -Peter Wallsten and Lesley Clark, Miami Herald

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 11:10 AM



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