Jeb: I'm not running

The St. Petersburg Times heard rumblings this morning, and now here’s the quake.

Nothing’s easy anymore.

While I will always have more than fond memories of my years in public office and was humbled by the outpouring of support I received over the last few weeks, now is not my time to be running for office. To sum it up, in the words of Dr. Stephen Covey, I have decided to put “First Things First”.

I will continue to stay involved in the advocacy of a vibrant, growing Republican Party and with it, 21st Century conservative solutions to the challenges we face.

All the best,


With Bush out, the race to replace Martinez is wide open in a state that Obama carried and in a political climate where the GOP will have to defend 19 seats versus just 16 for the Democrats. A gimme in Florida would have helped — a lot. Oh well. Exit question: What’s the difference really between 59 Democratic Senators and, say, 65?