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On Jeb Bush and bare loins in art

in 2017/Top Headlines by and Context Florida contributor Florence Snyder adds a “funny Jeb” anecdote in light of The New York Times story on Bush’s dry sense of humor.

“As his campaign has struggled to rejuvenate a languishing bid, some close to him have suggested the existence of a (very) secret weapon: It is at least possible that Jeb Bush is funny,” Matt Flegenheimer writes.

“He is a candidate so dry that flights of wit can become indistinguishable from a sober default setting,” Flegenheimer adds. ” ‘Irony doesn’t work,’ he said last month aboard his bus in New Hampshire, ‘in the world of digitized campaigning.’ “

In a Monday email, Snyder writes, “I cast my vote with those who say he has one.”

She recalls attending a 1996 Nelson Poynter Award Dinner, given by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. Bush was also in attendance.

“That was the year the ACLU went to bat for a kid at (Fort Lauderdale’s) Dillard High who was not allowed to exhibit her 8-foot-tall statue of a naked man – with a (male body part) befitting an 8-foot-tall man,” Snyder writes.

“I nearly fainted when I saw the programs at the table: The statue was on the cover,” she says. “Jeb was unfazed; he did not miss a beat.”

” ‘… So that’s what liberals look like,’ he said.”

Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at

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