Jeb’s jog to the right – Florida – Florida governor Jeb Bush appoints antigays to state posts

Jeb’s jog to the right – Florida – Florida governor Jeb Bush appoints antigays to state posts – Brief Article

Ray Parker

Throughout his reelection campaign, Florida governor Jeb Bush has presented himself as a moderate Republican. But after looking at two of his recent appointments, some voters are not so sure. Both Jerry Regier, Bush’s choice to head the child welfare department, and John Grant, whom the governor appointed to the Florida Commission on Ethics, have antigay pasts.

Shortly after Regier’s August 18 appointment a 1988 essay he wrote for a religious magazine surfaced. In it Regier espoused family values based on “biblical norms” and denounced homosexuality as a sin.

Grant, added to the ethics commission August 19, is known for sponsoring as a state senator a 1997 bill to outlaw gay marriage and for urging a Florida university to cancel a speech by Olympic diver Greg Louganis because he is gay.

“Both of these appointments are about currying favor with the furthest right-wing elements of Bush’s campaign supporters,” said Nadine Smith of gay rights group Equality Florida.

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