MIAMI — In what many political pundits say is an effort to fight back against criticism that his campaign is running away from his famous family name, today Jeb Bush’s campaign introduced a new alternative campaign logo that incorporates a family name.
In a press conference at the campaign’s headquarters in the Flagler Corporate Center in Miami, Paloma Guadalupe Villalobos Velez, Jeb! 2016 national campaign director, said the new logo should put to rest all of the “silliness about running away from his honorable family name.” “Everyone knows he’s a Bush,” she said.
“Who else can he be? How could he hide that? It’s preposterous and disrespectful for anyone to suggest that he would try to pull off something like that. The Bushes are a proud American family that have provided exemplary, unparalleled service to America for many generations”
Mr. Bush launched his campaign to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for president on June 15, and since then, he has been widely criticized for not including the Bush family name in the campaign logo.
Many political scientists derided the omission of the name as a not-so-subtle attempt to distance the two-term Florida governor from the troubled presidency of his brother George Hubert Walker Bush, who launched an unpopular war and also precipitated the American economy collapse and the global financial crisis of 2008.
Ms. Villalobos Velez said they are focused on the campaign trail and getting Mr. Bush elected president and would not devote further efforts to address “partisan bickering” about the logo. She said Mr. Bush is being unfairly targeted.
“But it seems lost on everyone the blatantly obvious reality that Hillary’s logo does not include the Clinton name. And you know Bill is not a shining icon of American virtuousness.”
Holleran N. Yellen II reports on dynamics of 2016 presidential election campaigns.