Now that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is running for president, much is being written about him. But so far little has been written about the worst day in Bush's political career. Crowley Political Report was with him, until 3:30 a.m when he ended the morning telling his campaign manager a sad, "not now."
November 10, 1994
By BRIAN E. CROWLEY - Palm Beach Post Political Editor
MIAMI - In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Jeb Bush stood in the hotel hallway outside his election-night headquarters holding his first glass of scotch in two years.
His eyes, red from too little sleep and the pain of losing the closest race for governor since 1876, teared up as he hugged his campaign manager, Sally Harrell.
''You did a great job,'' Bush said. ''It was the candidate who failed you.''
Not entirely.Bush was defeated in his first campaign for governor by incumbent Democrat Lawton Chiles for reasons more complicated than simple candidate failure. Misjudgment, poor timing, failure to act quickly at crucial moments and a critical misunderstanding of just how determined Chiles was to win a second term all contributed to Bush's loss.