The PJ Tatler

Jeb Bush Self-Identifies as 'Hispanic' -- UPDATED: Did He Commit a Felony?

The phoniness of this last and least scion of the Bush dynasty is really stunning:

There is little doubt that Jeb Bush possesses strong credentials for appealing to Hispanic voters. He speaks fluent Spanish. His wife, Columba Bush, was born in Mexico. For two years in his 20s, he lived in Venezuela, immersing himself in the country’s culture.

Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate, was born in Texas and hails from one of America’s most prominent political dynasties. But on at least one occasion, it appears he got carried away with his appeal to Spanish-speaking voters and claimed he actually was Hispanic.

In a 2009 voter-registration application, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush marked Hispanic in the field labeled “race/ethnicity.” A Bush spokeswoman could offer no explanation for the characterization.

I think the rest of us can.

Carolina Lopez, deputy supervisor of elections for Miami-Dade, said voters must submit hard copies of applications with a signature before receiving a voter information card confirming their address and polling location. According to the Florida Division of Elections, the application requires an original signature because the voter is swearing or affirming an oath.

Go away, Jeb. And take the Clintons with you.

UPDATE: Bush may have committed a felony:

Former Florida Gov. and likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) may have committed a felony when he falsely identified himself as Hispanic on his 2009 voter registration application, Democrats in the state appeared to say Monday.

The Florida Democratic Party is referring to a portion of the current voter registration form that warns potential registrants that they must be truthful while filling out the form. “It is a 3rd degree felony to submit false information,” the form reads. “Maximum penalties are $5,000 and/or 5 years in prison.”

The law in question is slightly more specific, saying that a person violates the law if they “willfully” make a false statement on their voter registration form. On Monday morning, The New York Times reported that Bush had marked his “race/ethnicity” as Hispanic on a 2009 application to register to vote.