Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

'I used to love Jeb Bush'



At a Jeb Bush town hall meeting in Manchester last night we ran into Marie Stevens, a payroll manager, who lived in Pinellas County from 2000 to 2002. She's a New Hampshire voter now, but like so many Floridians who remember him as governor she's struggling to figure out what happened to Jeb Bush's presidential prospects.

"When I first heard he was running, I was so excited because he was such a great governor. He was just amazing," said Stevens. "But his numbers just aren't there. I don't know if it's his age or what."

The strong governor she remembers and describes to friends in New Hampshire seems like a different person from what they see.

"I was telling my boss just today, 'Jeb was a great governor. He had balls, was a good leader'. My boss was like, 'What happened? He's so quiet.'  I don't understand it. If everybody like me who was undecided and wondered about Jeb's numbers then his numbers might go up, and he might surprise," she said. "I used to love Jeb Bush."

She's leaning toward Bush, but remains undecided.

"I don't want to waste a vote if he;'s not going to win or has no chance."

[Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2016 10:12am]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours