Once upon a time, Jeb Bush was the governor of Florida. He abused his power and kept a woman on life support against her and her husband’s wishes. Now, the wicked Bush is using that debacle for political gain among pro-lifers as he slips further and further away from the possibility of becoming president.
Ahhh, poor little Jeb is losing and his PAC is desperate.
In the ad the narrator first speaks of Jeb’s love for the NRA – because when you’re pro-life, you’re also, of course, pro-gun. Duh! In the video that then leads us to his Christian faith – pro-gun, pro-Jesus and pro-life. Rah!
About halfway through the ad an image of Terri Schiavo is displayed on the screen while the ad says Jeb “fought time and again for the right to life.”
Terri’s husband said in a statement:
It is simply disgusting that Jeb Bush and his super PAC would exploit my wife’s tragedy for his crude political gain. Shame on Jeb Bush.
In 1990, Mike Schiavo found his wife Terri unresponsive and without a pulse in their St. Petersburg home. She was resuscitated but doctors said she was in a “persistent vegetative state.” Over the next 15 years there would be much debate about what defines life, what could be considered “extraordinary” measures and what Terri would have wanted. Her husband said she wouldn’t want to live in the state she was in – her parents disagreed.
The long legal battle began and involved 14 appeals in Florida courts, five federal district suits, political intervention by the Florida legislature, Jeb, the U.S. Congress and even President George W. Bush signing into law legislation to keep the woman alive. The case was even denied by the Supreme Court four times.
That’s small government, eh Jeb?
And, sadly Jeb’s PAC thinks this is the pro-life political chip that should be played right now.
Mike Schiavo spoke to Politico about the ad. He said:
Using his disgraceful intervention in our family’s private trauma to advance his political career shows that he has learned nothing. He’s proud of the fact that he used the machinery of government to keep a person alive through extraordinary artificial means — contrary to the orders of the court that were based on the court’s determination, made over six years of litigation, that doing so would be against her wishes.”
“What the campaign video shows is that if he ever got his hands on the power of government again, he would do the same thing again, maybe next time to your family.
Aren’t conservatives always running around demanding small government? Is it small government that stages intervention in private family tragedies like this one?
I don’t think so. That doesn’t seem so small.
Get a clue, Jeb. Get a clue.
Watch the political ad by the Right to Rise PAC here:
Featured image via Flickr/Donkey Hotey