After months of former Gov. Jeb Bush slinging arrows at Gov. Charlie Crist and blowing kisses at former House Marco Rubio, after announcing that he would appear with Rubio at a Pasco County GOP dinner this weekend, after his sons raised money for Rubio, after a history of kinship with Rubio and friction with Crist, after a hundred other signs and winks and nods, Bush made it official today: He's endorsing Rubio for the U.S. Senate.
Kind of anticlimatic at this point, but nonetheless, Bush's steady hand has undeniably helped -- and will continue to help -- Rubio turn into a statewide and national powerhouse.
"Washington is broken, and Marco Rubio is the only candidate in this race that I trust to help fix it," said Bush. "He is a bright, passionate and principled leader who approaches public service with a servant's heart and a reformer's detail for policy. Reforming Washington will not be easy and will require leaders who stay true to their principles even when the odds are stacked against them. The last thing the Senate needs is another politician who has to take a poll to make a decision.
"With Marco, what you see is what you get. You can trust him to look you in the eye and tell you where he stands. And most of all, you can trust that his principles will not change every time the political winds shift direction. This White House and this Congress are taking our nation in the wrong direction. I hope all Floridians will ask themselves whether they want their next Senator to be a rubber stamp for the Obama agenda, or to stand up to it and offer a clear conservative alternative. I am proud to endorse Marco Rubio for Senate and pledge to do everything I can to make sure he is elected this November."