Reported by Dr. Sinclair Grey III
Although former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has yet to announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidency, the latest story about his $1.3 million investment into a now-defunct video rental company is being called into question.
The conservative Republican took $1.3 million dollars out of his state’s pension fund to invest in Movie Gallery, which was known for its selection of pοrnοgraphic films. Many Republican insiders are not questioning the nature of the company he chose to invest in; instead, they are wondering how he was allowed to invest in a public-traded company, since he sat on the board that oversees the state’s pension fund.
According to reports, the generous investment the presumed presidential hopeful made didn’t end up being a profitable one (the company dissolved in 2010). Shockingly, the company’s most known features was its extensive pοrnοgraphy offering which certainly doesn’t align with the conservative, Republican value system of purity through Christianity.
With Republican conservatives Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum moving into the 2016 presidential race, Bush’s advisers are working tirelessly to show that he’s a social conservative. This will be a challenge given the information that has recently surfaced.
Bush’s actions were made known while he was in office, and American Family Association (AFA) founder Donald Wildmon took issue. He expressed anger over the investment and asked his 200,000 members to sign a petition against Bush’s investment.
International Business Times obtained a copy of an email Wildmon sent, which stated, “Movie Gallery shades hundreds of its stores with ‘back rooms,’ filled with thousands of videos and magazines exhibiting morbid depictions of seχ. By investing in Movie Gallery stock, the state of Florida is giving its stamp of approval on hard-core pοrn. Tell the Florida Board of Administration to get out of the pοrn business by divesting itself of Movie Gallery stock.”
Bush will now have to face tough questions from his supporters. It is also certain that those within his own party seeking the Republican nomination will not be very kind in their assessment of his leadership style.