MIAMI — Jeb Bush was preparing to release the emails he sent and received as Florida governor when he was excoriated by a letter writer to the Miami Herald.
The headline: "Don't trust Jeb Bush with the power of the presidency."
The subject of many of the emails was Terri Schiavo. The letter writer was her husband, Michael.
Bush's effort to stop Michael Schiavo from removing his brain-damaged wife's feeding tube was a defining moment of Bush's time in office.
Bush, a devout Catholic, sided with Terri Schiavo's parents in the end-of-life dispute and reached for unprecedented authority to intervene. Michael Schiavo said his wife did not want to be kept alive artificially.
As Bush moves toward a run for president in 2016, Michael Schiavo has re-emerged, promising to campaign against Bush and remind voters about the ex-governor's role in the matter.
"I will be very active," Schiavo, a registered Republican, told the Associated Press in an interview. He said he plans to back Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, should she run.
To Schiavo, Bush "owes the public, along with myself, a huge apology."
Asked last week about the case, Bush told the Tampa Bay Times: "It's appropriate for people to err on the side of life. I'm completely comfortable with it."