Jeb Bush

Rick Scott, Jeb! weigh in on Roy Moore

Gov. Rick Scott called allegations that Sen. Jack Latvala had groped women and made unwelcome remarks about their bodies “disgusting.”

On Tuesday, the governor used that same description when asked about Alabama GOP senate candidate Roy Moore, but this time he softened it with a qualifier.

Moore, the firebrand who was twice ousted from Alabama’s highest court, has been accused by five women of sexual misconduct, including one who said that Moore groped her in a locked car when she was 16 and another.

Moore has denied the allegations, and threatened to sue.

At a press conference in Jacksonville after announcing his budget proposal this morning, a reporter asked Scott if Moore should step aside from the Senate race.

“Whether it’s Roy Moore or what you read about the media reports from California or D.C. or Tallahassee, it’s disgusting. So, if any of those allegations are true, he ought to resign,” Scott said.

The governor was then asked if a different threshold exists regarding predatory behavior with minors.

“I think whether it’s minors, whether it’s women, anybody. I mean, let’s think about it. We all have children. We have nieces and nephews. I have daughters. Now I have grandsons. I expect people to be treated with respect. That’s what you always expect. So, if the allegations are true, he has to get out,” Scott said.

Other Republicans have been more pointed about wanting Moore, a former prosecutor, to get out of the race.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush weighed in during an appearance on CNBC this week.

“This is not a question of innocence or guilt like in a criminal proceeding, this is a question of what’s right and what’s wrong. Acknowledging that you’re dating teenagers when you’re 32 years old as assistant state attorney is wrong. It’s just plain wrong,” Bush, a former Republican candidate, said during the CNBC interview.

“We need to stand for basic principles, and decency has to be one of those,” he went on. “In the really poisonous political environment we have right now, one of the rules I think has to apply is that when you attack somebody on the other party, and the other team, for doing something wrong, when it happens on your team you have an obligation, I think, to speak out as well.”

Jeb Bush, Dr. Oz, urge Trump to deem opioid crisis a national emergency

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and TV sensation Mehmet Oz, better known as “Dr. Oz,” are urging President Donald Trump to declare the opioid epidemic sweeping the country a national emergency.

Bush, Oz and a handful of advocates penned an op-ed for HuffPost, urging the president to heed the advice of the White House Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, created by Trump earlier this year.

“The declaration of a National Emergency would give this epidemic the full attention it deserves and allow states to access federal resources to act swiftly and definitively to save the lives of more than 33,000 Americans annually through evidence-based treatments and programs that have been proven to work,” Bush and the others wrote.

Jim Hood, CEO of Facing Addiction, was among those pleading with Trump to take action.

The non-profit organization has launched an online campaign asking people to sign a letter to Trump — who’ll get a briefing on the issue today from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price — and the members of the commission asking for a national emergency declaration.

Meanwhile, state Sen. Jack Latvala, a Clearwater Republican mulling a run for governor, will help host an event in Palm Beach County today focused on curbing deadly opioid abuse in Florida, one of the state’s hardest hit by what some advocates are calling a pandemic.

Brogan saying bye-bye to PA

broganFrank Brogan, a onetime education wonder-boy in Florida, is quitting his job as chancellor of Pennsylvania’s state university system.

The resignation announcement, effective Sept. 1, was unexpected when made Monday afternoon, according to a story posted by philly.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News website:

“The chancellor of Pennsylvania’s state university system, which is about to undergo changes in the wake of financial and enrollment woes, will retire Sept. 1, a decision that was announced unexpectedly Monday afternoon.

 Chancellor Frank T. Brogan, 63, informed the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s board of governors last Wednesday, just before a much-anticipated report on restructuring the system was released to the board and the public, said Kenn Marshall, a spokesman for the system.”

 The Morning Call noted the move coincides “with a consultant’s report that found the agency plagued by weak leadership and dysfunctional management.”

Brogan, who served as lieutenant governor under former Gov. Jeb! Bush, rose through the education ranks, from an elementary school teacher to superintendent of Martin County Schools. Brogan, 63, was elected Florida’s education commissioner in 1994. He also served as president of Florida Atlantic University and chancellor of the State University System of Florida before leaving for the Keystone State job in 2013.

Posted by Jim Turner.

Mallea snags Jeb! en español

Miami brewmeister Jose Mallea, Miami Republican with close ties to the Bush dynasty, released a Spanish-language radio ad Monday featuring former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Mallea, who’s facing off against lawyer Daniel Perez in a heated GOP special primary election to replace state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, worked as a campaign aide for Bush and for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, another Hispanic South Florida home boy whose connection Mallea has tried to capitalize on.

In a press release from his campaign Monday, Mallea touted his support from former governor, who backed Mallea early on in the battle for District 116.

“Governor Bush is one of Florida’s greatest leaders, and I am honored to have him behind our campaign,” said Mallea. “I plan to keep working hard in the home stretch of this primary to make sure District 116 has a representative in Tallahassee who will work hard for conservative policies that will improve education and increase opportunity for everyone.” 

Here’s the translation of the ad:

 

“This is Jose Mallea asking for your support for the special election on July 25th.

I am asking that you don’t believe the lies from the low campaign my opponent is running.

Our district deserves better! Less taxes and more opportunity.

This is why former Governor Jeb Bush is supporting me in my campaign for State Representative.

“Hello, this is Jeb Bush. Jose Mallea is a trusted friend that’s going to defend us. Jose will use his Republican values to work for you in the Florida Legislature.

That’s why I am asking you to vote for Jose on July 25th.