THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTED TODAY:
George W. Bush, saying voters do not like dynasties, plans to stay off campaign trail
LAS VEGAS — Former president George W. Bush plans to stay off the 2016 campaign trail as his younger brother prepares to mount a presidential bid, telling a group of Republican Jewish donors here that he does not want to fuel an anti-dynastic backlash.
At a closed-door dinner Saturday night before nearly 800 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition, the 43rd president noted that it could hurt former Florida governor Jeb Bush if he campaigned alongside another Bush who served in the White House, according to several attendees.
“He said that one of the challenges his brother is going to have is that the country doesn’t like dynasties,” recalled David Volosov, a RJC member from Silver Spring, Md. “People are going to say, ‘Oh, here comes another Bush.’ His response is that he is going to stay as far as way as he can. He is going to stay away from the whole process.”
“He basically said that his brother is going to have some issues with the name ‘Bush’ to contend with,” said Lisa Karlovsky of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Bush’s comments were first reported by the New York Times.
For his part, Jeb Bush didn’t dispute his brother’s analysis when asked after a lunchtime meeting with two supporters in Miami Beach on Sunday.
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