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Jeb Bush Refutes Rumors

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In a gaggle with Florida's Capital Press Corps Wednesday, Gov. Jeb Bush flatly refuted allegations posted on an Internet website and circulated widely Tuesday that claims Bush, Attorney General Charlie Crist and Florida Department of Law Enforcement were all told by the federal justice department about Mark Foley's e-mails a year ago but covered it up.

The alleged conspiracy, sourced to "informed sources in Tallahassee" who were not named, was reported on the Wayne Madsen Report website. (The allegations have also been posted by anonymous bloggers in the Buzz comments section.) Madsen's website claims to tackle "the 'politically incorrect' and 'politically embarrassing' stories and holds government officials accountable for their actions."

But Bush was clearly annoyed by the anonymous allegations and repeated what he has said all week, that he knew nothing of Foley's electronic missives until Friday, when the news broke on the national stage.

"If the next governor...is going to have to respond to every blog and every tired little anonymous person who has some bitter part in their soul who wants to express it on the Internet, it’s not going to work," Bush said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:49pm]

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