It seems the Bush family just can not catch a break (a short pause for a
moment of awww). The following was reported by the
Associated Press today:
Jeb Bush’s son arrested for public
intoxication, resisting arrest
AUSTIN John Ellis Bush, the youngest son of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was
arrested early Friday and charged with public intoxication and resisting
arrest, law enforcement officials in Texas said.
The 21-year-old nephew of President Bush was arrested by the Texas
Alcoholic Beverage Commission at 2:30 a.m. Friday on a corner of Austin’s
Sixth Street bar district, said spokesman Roger Wade.
John Ellis Bush was released on $2,500 bond for resisting arrest, and on
a personal recognizance bond for the public intoxication charge, officials
Alia Faraj, the spokeswoman for Jeb Bush said the incident “is a personal
family matter” which the governor and his wife “are dealing with privately.”
Gov. Bush and his wife Columba appeared Friday evening at the Historical
Museum of Southern Florida for a reception. The governor said it was not an
appropriate time to discuss specifics of the incident.
“My son’s doing fine. It’s a private matter. We will support him. We’re
sad for him. But I’m not going to discuss it on the public square with 30
cameras,” the governor said at the downtown Miami event.
Capt. David Ferrero of the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission told Miami
television station WSVN that the younger Bush “received a small cut on his
chin when he was resisting and he was treated and released from the
hospital.” A staffer answering phones at the commission’s offices later
Friday evening said he had no information about John Ellis Bush being
injured during the incident.
It’s not the first time Florida’s first family has experienced legal
problems with one of their children.
Noelle Bush, the governor’s daughter, was arrested in January 2002 and
was accused of trying to pass a fraudulent prescription at a Tallahassee
pharmacy to obtain the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. She completed a drug
rehabilitation program in August 2003 and a judge dismissed the drug charges
Noelle Bush was sent to jail twice for violating rules during her rehab
stint. She was jailed for three days in July 2002 after being caught with
prescription pills and served 10 days a month later after being accused of
having a small rock of crack cocaine in her shoe.
This is truly a troublesome story for the President’s brother and his family.
I would like to offer a small suggestion on the proper way to deal with this. It
seems your son has lost a sense of value and strayed from the life the good Lord
meant for him. In times like that a stern lesson is of most value. Perhaps the
best option for a wondering child is to send him to a place where he can learn
discipline and proper behavior. I think we know a perfect place for that.
Our country needs someone like young John. In a time when we are at war
trying to defend our freedom we need someone with a fighting spirit. Iraq would
be a perfect place to teach young John a sense of discipline while learning to
respect authority. Not only that but he will be doing his country a great honor
while releasing that rage on those who wish to harm us. Come on Governor Bush,
teach your young lad some discipline and let him serve his country. We really
could use him at a time like this.