In what was either an inadvertent mistake or a play for a growing voter constituency, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush listed himself as “Hispanic” on his 2009 voter registration form, the New York Times reported Monday.
Bush, who speaks fluent Spanish and whose wife, Columba, was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, has always maintained that he has strong ties to the Hispanic community. But the politician who is eyeing a 2016 presidential run, is more known as being part of a family associated with New England dating back to the Plymouth Colony rather than his birth in Midland, Texas.
According to the document, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush checked off “Hispanic” in the field labeled “race/ethnicity.”
Carolina Lopez, deputy supervisor of elections for Miami-Dade, explained that voters first submit hard copies of applications with a signature before receiving a voter information card confirming their address and polling location.
According to the Florida Division of Elections, the application requires an original signature because the voter is swearing or affirming an oath.
While some political analysts have noted Bush’s ties to the Hispanic community in his adopted home state of Florida, it is possible that the slip-up by the Republican may turn off Hispanic voters who already tend to vote heavily for Democrats.
There has been no word from a Bush spokesperson on Monday despite many media requests for comment.