Frank Brogan: 2016 Could Be Jeb Bush's Time

By: Jim Turner | Posted: December 8, 2012 3:55 AM
Jeb Bush and Frank Brogan

Gov. Jeb Bush and Lt. Gov. Frank Brogan at inauguration parade.

Jeb Bush’s intentions about re-entering the political arena remain private, even to his two-time gubernatorial running mate.

But if the former Florida governor were to ramp up a run for the White House in 2016, State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan says, as expected, “It would be OK with me. I’ve said that forever.

“I think elected public service needs the guy back,” said Florida’s 15th lieutenant governor this past week. 

Speculation has grown since President Obama secured a second term, with Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami, often listed prominently alongside the likes of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Capitol insiders with long ties to the governor say they've heard rumblings, some even hopeful and eager to help rev up his campaign machine. But they admit they’ve been unable to get Bush to open up about his future.

While many have speculated that Bush would have been a stronger U.S. Senate candidate than Rep. Connie Mack, R-Naples, or many in the GOP’s presidential field, Brogan said the timing may not have been right.

There is the specter of how his brother left office that will soften in another four years and some of the focus will shift to his son, George Prescott Bush, who has filed papers to run for Texas land commissioner, while his parents, President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, move further into their twilight years.

Meanwhile, Jeb Bush is reportedly set to become chairman of the Constitution Center, a Philadelphia museum focused on exploring constitutional ideals. The post was previously held by his father and President Bill Clinton.

“Politics has a timing,” Brogan said. “I’ve seen people say, ‘Now is my time,’ and the people say ‘Wrong.’”

Brogan was the elected commissioner of education when the statewide position was part of the Florida Cabinet and he was the running mate for Bush’s successful runs for the governor’s mansion in 1998 and 2002.

“Sometimes those who are less patient get run over by the bus faster than anybody. You don’t decide. There are forces that are so much bigger than you that ultimately decide if it is your time and place," said Brogan, "and I think this could be the governor’s time.”

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Comments (3)

10:00AM DEC 9TH 2012
Now that Jeb's "business partner" has been arrested and charged maybe it will be his time. I still believe Jeb and Mac Stipanovich had to have crossed legal as well as ethical lines in turning doing business with the State of Florida into a Republican loyalty test.
11:33AM DEC 8TH 2012
I think JEB would be a great President but he could not get elected. Georgh H W Bush sold out to the New World Order, his son George W. Bush sold out the basic conservative principles, and now the best choice from the family is "damaged goods." He would not do as well as Romney. If it were not for "W" selling out with TARP, Prescription Drugs, and not vetoing the spending of the Democrat Congress from 2007, Obama would never had made it into the White House.

We need to throw out the current GOP leadership, especially Boehner, to reclaim our respect as a legitimate choice for America.
1:09AM DEC 9TH 2012
Yes, as I've pointed out elsewhere, this type of far right rigid insanity will push Jeb out of the party if it continues . . . . just as it has other moderates . . . . . already attacking their leadership . . . . eating their own, once again . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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