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Jeb, W and the Secretary of State

by Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair

Forget all that talk about Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris. Now the spotlight is on Katherine Harris and W.

Jack McCarthy, a Friend of CounterPunch resident in Tallahassee, and erstwhile political columnist for the now defunct Florida Flambeau sends CounterPunch this bulletin from Ground Zero, concerning the rumor, now being intensely probed by some newspapers and news weeklies, of intimacies between Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris.

Here at CounterPunch we had intelligence some time ago of such speculation in the form of the Italian newspaper La Stampa blazoning reports of a carnal connection between Gov. Jeb and the Medusa-like Secretary. We were then alerted that the supposed affair was being given the imprimatur, as it were, of an investigation by Newsweek’s Michael Isikof. Furthermore New York Observer’s Ron Rosenbaum noted “veiled references” to the liaison in the New York Times and New York Post.

Now over to CounterPunch’s Tallahassee man, Jack McCarthy:

“I ran the rumor by one well connected capitol politico in Tallahassee, and asked him if he’d heard of the rumor.
He said it’s true that there’s a congruence between Harris and the Bush family, but that it’s W and Harris who for years have been trysting at National Governors’ conferences. He believed that some Florida reporters have comparing Harris’ infamous travel schedule with W’s. It seems the most promising lead was last year’s National Governors’ meeting in New Orleans, but they weren’t able to nail down the hotel.

“He also said that a story will soon appearing outlining the sexual activities of Jeb’s scion, Jorge, at last summer’s Republican convention. Jorge, who was the subject of adoring profiles in our national press hailing him as the bright rising star of Clan Bush, was involved in a 1994 incident described in a Metro-Dade police dept report that surfaced on the Smoking Gun website.

“On Dec. 31 1994 Bush showed up at 4 a.m. at the Miami home of a former girlfriend. He proceeded to break into the house via the woman’s bedroom window, and then began arguing with the ex’s father. Bush, then a Rice university student, soon fled the scene. But he returned 20 minutes later to drive his Ford Explorer across the home’s front lawn leaving wide swaths of burned grass in his wake. Young Bush avoided arrest when the victims declined to press charges.”

Jack tells us that on recently revisiting the Smoking Gun site he was “shocked” to read that on October 7 of this year, Gov. Jeb’s other young’un, John “Jebby” Bush was caught humping away in the front seat of his Cherokee jeep in the parking lot of the Tallahassee Mall by security guards. According to the TPD Police report, mall security noticed “fogged up windows” and found them naked from the waists down, except for Bush who was wearing “socks”. Hopefully with suspenders in the Yale colors. Ah, those patrician Bushes. Breeding will out.

Anent young Jebby’s rampages, Jack tells us that on October 24–only days after the arrest- the following story appeared in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel under the headline: “Jeb Bush Too Tired to Campaign?”

“It’s surprising that the race is as close as it is,” the
Sentinel quoted Florida political scientist Jim Kane. “But the biggest surprise is that Jeb has not been out on the
campaign trail.”

“I can’t do anymore than I am, I’m tired,” Bush said.

Jack opines that “it’s perfectly logical that Jeb was afraid that the Jebby story would get out in the midst of his support for his brother’s pledge to restore dignity to the White House.

“Imagine some reporter asking Jeb if it wasn’t time to
‘restore dignity’ to the Tallahassee Mall parking lot.”

It all sounds like a return to the Camelot years. Call it Bushalot. Given the way Jeb’s boys behave in their cars, can Chappaquiddick be far behind?

Meanwhile CounterPunch hears that Gore, heatedly berating Gore junior at the VP mansion for some discreditable escapade, pointed to a uniformed Secret Service agent standing by the front door and said: “If you don’t get your act together you’ll end up like him!”

Who would buy a round for this guy? CP

Jeffrey St. Clair is editor of CounterPunch. His new book is Killing Trayvons: an Anthology of American Violence (with JoAnn Wypijewski and Kevin Alexander Gray). He can be reached at: sitka@comcast.net. Alexander Cockburn’s Guillotined! and A Colossal Wreck are available from CounterPunch.

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