TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 28 (UPI) -- Republican strategists say they wonder what the political fortunes of a popular former Florida governor would be if his last name weren't Bush.
Jeb Bush, a savvy reform-minded, two-term governor, left office on good terms -- but is the brother of George W. Bush, who left the White House as an extremely unpopular president. If not for that relation, strategists said, Jeb Bush could be a formidable candidate for the White House, Politico reported Wednesday.
The former governor keeps his hand in politics, maintaining a heavy campaign schedule to stump for gubernatorial candidates, fellow Republicans said.
"He has been very articulate about where the party needs to go," said Pennsylvania Rep. John Bear, who asked Bush to help raise money for the state House GOP caucus. "He knows we can't just be the party of no but have to be creative and think out of the box."
Bush told Politico he has little interest in discussing either a possible 2012 presidential bid or his long-term plans.
"I'm interested in achieving financial security for my family," said Bush, who runs a consulting company and gives paid speeches.