Former Gov. Jeb Bush arrived early to the campaign for governor today with an endorsement of Gov. Rick Scott, commending him for a "business-friendly" climate and a dropping unemployment rate.
Bush praised Scott on education, but made no mention of the emerging battle between Scott's acolytes and his own over implementation of the Common Core education standards. Scott has attempted to appease the Tea Party and other conservatives by stalling the implemenation of the controversial standards pursued and supported by Bush's education foundation.
The Florida Democratic Party noted what a difference four years make. It pulled out this quote from Bush's endorsement of then Attorney General Bill McCollum, who lost to Scott in the primary:
"Never in my mind did I imagine some guy stroking a $25 million or $30 million check out of his own bank account to run a campaign," Bush said at the time. "People think that's a little weird. I think he has to explain why that's a legitimate way of campaigning.”
Here's Bush's statement from the Republican Party of Florida, which is operating as Scott's campaign team until he announces. The Jeb video on McCollum follows: