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Jeb Bush jokes people of San Francisco may be endangered
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush joked during a Florida Cabinet meeting Wednesday that the people of San Francisco may be endangered and, "That's probably good news for the country." The subject was environmental land and Bush was looking at a map showing locations with a lot of different wildlife.

"It looks like the people of San Francisco are an endangered species, which may not be a bad thing. That's probably good news for the country." People in the room broke into laughter. "Did I just say that out loud?" the governor asked.

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown wasn't too worried by the comment, according to spokesman P.J. Johnston."When he finally stopped laughing, he said, 'I'm sure this is a tongue-in-cheek comment. Johnston also said he didn't think residents of San Francisco would be much disturbed by what the governor said. "By and large San Franciscans have a good sense of humor and will not be dreadfully offended," Johnston said.

But the head of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force didn't see anything funny in the governor's comment and believed it to be anti-gay because of San Francisco's large gay population. "It's extremely insulting," said Matt Foreman. "But of course I would say that gay people in Florida are far more endangered than gay people in California."

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Gay Bashing? 13.Nov.2003 14:33

You didn't put the quote in

I see no anti-gay comments in what you posted. SF has a shitload of people and they are not all gay. However, some of the population is paranoid, including Matt Foreskin of the National Gay and Lesbian club. Contrary to his belief, SF's gay and lesbian population is not that large (as a percentage of the overall population). I would guess that the gay and lesbian population does not come close to any single ethnic group's poulation figures. Is the NAACP upset at Jeb's remarks? The National Alliance of Hispanic People? SF has their share of KKK members and Skin Heads too, I don't see any comments from those groups. Face it, you are a hate spreader. If Jeb had followed up the SF remark with a remark about Key West, I would be inclined to think it was gay bashing. But, he didn't mention gays at all. I have no problem pointing out a gay basher if it is true, but to make shit up just to stir the pot doesn't get it.

If you think Portland has issues with the cops and corruption, talk to people who live in SF. Willie Brown has never been a friend of the taxpayer. I find Jeb much more humorous than his brother and think the endangered species thing is pretty funny. But then again, I used to live there and you likely did not.

jeb bush 13.Nov.2003 15:55

has a history

WASHINGTON The Human Rights Campaign strongly urged Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush today to support lifting the state's ban on gay adoption. The ban flies in the face of science, hurts children languishing in foster care and lacks moral leadership, according to HRC....  http://www.hrc.org/newsreleases/2002/020315florida.asp

The Human Rights Campaign called on Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., today to apologize for insensitive, homophobic remarks he made about two caregivers of a missing girl who were arrested this week on allegations of welfare fraud....  http://www.hrc.org/newsreleases/2002/021004bush.asp

No hate-crimes status for gays...  http://www.issues2002.org/Governor/Jeb_Bush_Civil_Rights.htm

Bush Appointee in Florida Grilled on Anti-Gay Views...  http://www.datalounge.com/datalounge/news/record.html?record=3896

Rights Groups Decry Jeb Bush Comment...
 http://www.gaypasg.org/Press%20Clippings/October%202002/Rights%20Groups%20Decry%20Jeb%20Bush%20Comment.htm

Pre-Election Phone Calls Put Bush On Defensive...  http://election2002.tbo.com/election2002/MGARSR0D58D.html

E-mails from Jeb Bush staff include gay
joke ... ...  http://www.advocate.com/html/news/112200/112200news04.asp

Gay rights advocates in Florida are accusing Governor Jeb Bush of homophobia. ...  http://tampabaycoalition.homestead.com/files/TBCGLBTPoliticsNewsOctober02.htm

Jeb's Prison Legacy 13.Nov.2003 22:57

Sephiroth

It was Jeb Bush, who, when faced with the need to release inmates from prison due to inadequate capacity, decided to release murderers and rapists -- but not marijuana smokers. After all we don't want those evil hippies and cultural Bohemians getting too much political clout, now do we!

You didn't put the quote in 14.Nov.2003 01:18

just curious

So, what was funny about Jeb's comment? How did it make sense? Why would the country be better off without San Franciscans?

As a former Floridian... 14.Nov.2003 14:55

Humans are an endangered species

...I can say with authority that SF is not perfect, but then Florida is a living hell most of the time. Given the policies of Jeb Bush and how Florida often serves as a lab bunny for neocon totalitarian policies, I can firmly say that SF may have a chance at survival in the long term. Florida, meanwhile, is a land of endangered humans and SF should be thankful that since the mid-sixties there has been a lot of enlightened people in close geographic proximity to make central California a much better region by far than the state of Florida, particularly the areas of North Florida.

Could somebody find a link for the story about Jeb releasing hardened criminals? That would be great. Hmmm, remember the former Middle Eastern dictator who released hardened criminals - funny how what goes around - really goes around.

Please support the endangered people of Florida (and other southern states). We are not all neocons or neoconfederates. A sizable minority of us are actually quite liberal/progressive/radical and we are working against massive odds to come up with solutions to major problems and make the South a better place to live. If you have a bleeding heart and a wallet of gold, please take a moment to visit the Greens and other progressive community groups in the south and help us out. If you help us, we can deliver a better showing when 2004 comes around and remove the national conservative pall that currently covers your communities as well.