Jeb Bush is so anxious to position himself as the Republican presidential candidate who can bring Hispanic voters back to the party that he listed himself as Hispanic when he registered to vote in Florida in 2009.
It took six years for the story to come out in the New York Times this week, and Jeb had no explanation, only a tweet to his son saying, "My mistake! Don't think I've fooled anyone." The former governor's wife, Columba, was born in Mexico.
While Bush is courting Hispanic voters for his presidential campaign he's also touting his role in shrinking black enrollment in Florida universities, reported the Washington Post:
As he courts Republicans across the country, Jeb Bush boasts that an executive order he signed that ended race-based college admissions in Florida upheld conservative principles while helping minorities.
“We ended up having a system where there were more African American and Hispanic kids attending our university system than prior to the system that was discriminatory,” Jeb boasted recently to a conference of conservative activists. That's the hype. The reality, says the Post, is black enrollment is shrinking at the state's top two institutions, the University of Florida in Gainesville and at Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Bush, who is expected to announce a presidential campaign this spring, is the only governor who has signed an order ending affirmative action.
The state's Hispanic population has been booming, leading to a large increase in the share of Hispanic students attending Florida institutions, the Post added, but black enrollment has declined as a proportion of the overall student population.