You would think that the last thing Jeb Bush’s supporters would do is remind voters that he used all the power of big government to drag out the agony of a family’s trauma, but that’s what they’re doing in a new ad in South Carolina.
The Right to Rise super PAC helping Jeb Bush is airing an ad in South Carolina that features a photo of Terri Schiavo, the Pinellas County woman, who died 10 years ago despite Bush’s efforts to halt the removal of her feeding tube.
The ad features a picture of Mrs. Schiavo as well as an image of what appears to be someone at the vigil outside her hospice holding a Jeb! campaign sign.
Says the narrator: “He’s a man of deep faith who fought time and again for the right to life.”
“It is simply disgusting that Jeb Bush and his super Pac would exploit my wife’s tragedy for his crude political gain. Shame on Jeb Bush,” said Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, who said she did not want to be kept alive in that state and was repeatedly challenged by Bush and Schiavo’s parents and siblings.
“Using his disgraceful intervention in our family’s private trauma to advance his political career shows that he has learned nothing. He’s proud of the fact that he used the machinery of government to keep a person alive through extraordinary artificial means — contrary to the orders of the court that were based on the courts determination, made over 6 years of litigation, that doing so would be against her wishes,” he said. “What the campaign video shows is that if he ever got his hands on the power of government again, he would do the same thing again, maybe next time to your family.”
I’ve thought all along that Jeb really doesn’t want to win, and this proves that he’s doing everything he possibly can to lose.