JEB BUSH ILLEGAL DRUG & LIQUOR
DISTRIBUTORSHIP AT ANDOVER
By: John LeBoutillier
2006 at my 30th Harvard Reunion, during a casual conversation one evening, a classmate
told me about his years at Andover. Out of the blue he told me this story:
Jeb Bush and one other fellow student back then ran an illegal drug and liquor
distributorship on the Andover campus. When the heat started coming down, Bush ratted out
the partner to the school authorities and saved his own skin. Jeb got away with it,
was never caught, never punished, graduated unscathed and went on to the University of
Texas at Austin.
To this day no one outside the Andover community even knows about this illegal activity.
The media is apparently unaware of it. Through three statewide campaigns for governor of
Florida, it never came up.
In 2012 at another Harvard event, this same Andover alumnus brought over another one of
his Andover classmates and one of our Harvard 76 classmates and a staunch
Republican to speak to me about the Jeb Bush matter. This second alumnus confirmed
the story and added in this detail: I never knew why Jeb walked around
Andover with his jaw hanging open until someone told me he was stoned all the time.
Forty years later does this matter? Does what someone did in high school matter if they
run for president?
In fact, yes.
In the summer of 2012, the WASHINGTON POST ran a huge story on Mitt Romneys behavior
at the Cranbrook School in Michigan, with the focus on an alleged incident where Romney
and some other boys cut off the blond bangs of a classmate.
If that event is worthy of the front page of the WASHINGTON POST, then the Jeb Bush
Illegal Drug and Liquor Distributorship is certainly something the voters
especially GOP primary voters have a right to know before they begin to choose a
the media and the press look into this? Will they do the legwork necessary to corroborate
this story of illegality? Will they ask Jeb if it is true? If he admits to it will that
help or hurt his political chances? Other pols have admitted drug use
including Barack Obama. But using and selling are two different things. And so is ratting
out your partner in crime to save your own skin.
If Jeb denies it, will the media pursue the truth?
Will the media and press try to find out if the Bush Family intervened with the Andover
authorities to keep Jeb from being expelled?
For decades the Bush Family PR Machine has touted the personal values and record of
Jebs father, former President George H.W. Bush, from his WWII days through a myriad
of professional positions and personal ups-and-downs. Character, were
told, is something the Bush Family is proud of. So is their belief in family
Following the Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal, we were told in the 2000 campaign that
then-candidate Governor George W. Bush known as Junior inside the Bush Family -
would bring honor and dignity back to the Oval Office. Somehow this same
Bush PR Machine was able to keep the lid on Juniors DUI arrest in Maine back in the
1970s. That revelation - coming in the last week of the 2000 campaign
cost Bush 25% of his vote and led to the split verdict with Vice President Gore winning
the popular vote and Bush edging him in the Electoral College.
So far Jeb Bush has escaped scrutiny on the character issues.
For the sake of the country and the GOP and the conservative movement the
truth about Jebs behavior at Andover needs to be exposed and examined before GOP
primary voters invest their faith and belief in him.
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