by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Jeb Bush did something very odd on a 2009 voter form that is raising many eyebrows, especially among conservatives who distrust him on illegal immigration.
The former Florida governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Bush marked himself down as “Hispanic” in a voter registration application form in 2009, the New York Times reported Monday.
The Bush camp is calling it a “mistake”. One that for some reason took 6 years and a NY Times article to admit.
The Times said a Bush spokesman “could offer no explanation” for why he put himself down as Hispanic, and his own son called him out on Twitter:
— Jeb Bush, Jr. (@JebBushJr) April 6, 2015
Byron York of the Washington Examiner said a Bush spokesperson told him that it was an error made “at some point”:
Bush spokesperson on 2009 'Hispanic' voter registration form: 'It's unclear where the paperwork error was made…'
— Byron York (@ByronYork) April 6, 2015
Bush himself later tweeted, “my mistake!”
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 6, 2015
However, the form is likely to reinforce the distrust many have about Bush and his positions about immigration — which are virtually indistinguishable from Barack Obama — as the 2016 primaries fast approach.
Bush has said he supports a plan that would require illegal immigrants to pay fines and taxes and follow the law, which would put them on a path to legal status.
Conservatives reject this approach — tried and failed in the 1986 amnesty, and say existing laws on the books need to be enforced, along with a resumption of illegal alien deportations — virtually halted under Obama. That position has hardened over the last several years, especially in light of two major moves by President Barack Obama to provide legal protections for millions of illegal immigrants.
Bush’s wife, Columba, is a Mexican native, who some have questioned as to whether she entered the nation legally.
Bush himself speaks Spanish, and the Bush camp has tried to get the Spanish language media to refer to him as the potential “First Hispanic President.”
This strategy was picked up on by Twitter user, who isn’t buying the “mistake” story one bit:
— Defend Glenn (@DefendGlenn) April 6, 2015
Other referenced Elizabeth Warren, who was exposed in a lie that she was a “Native American” in her senatorial campaign:
Possible Jeb explanations: 2) He didn't want Elizabeth Warren to be the only one with a faux heritage
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) April 6, 2015
Elizabeth Warren v. Jeb Bush would be the first ever all-minority presidential election.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) April 6, 2015
— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) April 6, 2015