As he hits the campaign trail this week along the East Coast, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is feeling the pressure of being the front-runner in the race for the White House.
He has come under fire for releasing emails containing sensitive personal information about his constituents, as well as for hiring a chief technology officer who allegedly had made sexist and racially offensive tweets.
The good news for the would-be Republican nominee in 2016, however, is that he came out on top in two recent Iowa and New Hampshire polls, and placed high up in two other surveys in the early presidential voting states.
But The Washington Post says
that there is also "plenty of bad news," while referring to four major trouble spots that could bring down his presidential aspirations.
On Tuesday, Bush released hundreds of thousands of emails from his 1999-2007 years as governor in what he called "the spirit of transparency." But it was a little too transparent, according to the tech blog The Verge.
The website JebBushEmails.com
also revealed Social Security numbers and other private data about people who corresponded with him and his staff. Bush has vowed to fix the glitch.
Bush was dealt another blow on Tuesday when his Right to Rise campaign accepted the resignation
of recently hired technology officer Ethan Czahor, after what were said to be insensitive online comments were revealed.
According to the Post report, those comments included Twitter messages disparaging women and blog postings poking fun at civil rights leader Martin Luther King. In one comment, Czahor allegedly said he admired King for not wearing "his pants sagged to his ankles" or "speaking like a rapper."
Bush was preparing this week to attend a fundraiser in Tallahassee, Florida, one of 60 such events, and speak to a wealthy crowd in New York hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis, according to the Post
. His son Jeb Jr. was due to be a guest of honor at another fundraiser in Washington, D.C.
But the Post pointed out that there are four possible strikes against him, including the fact that a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register Poll
revealed that likely GOP caucus-goers in Iowa view Bush more negatively than any candidate not named Gov. Chris Christie.
Bloomberg also noted that in New Hampshire, the Bush name is not helping the son of former President G.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush.
"While just 21 percent of Democrats said Hillary Clinton is a front-runner because of her family connections, 59 percent of Republicans say the same about Bush. Only 31 percent said Bush is where he's at because of his 'unique qualities and achievements,'" the Post reported, citing the poll.
The third problem facing Jeb Bush is that he's seen in the Iowa poll as being "too moderate," with 37 percent of likely Iowa caucus voters giving him that distinction.
The 40 percent who believe Bush is ideologically "about right" is lower than Ben Carson (49 percent), Ted Cruz (48), Mike Huckabee (57), Rand Paul (55), Rick Perry (62), Mitt Romney (46), Marco Rubio (53), Rick Santorum (49) and Scott Walker (56), according to the poll.
Another problem for Bush in New Hampshire is that the Bloomberg survey showed that 41 percent of the state's likely primary voters believe that his support of sweeping immigration reforms rules him out as a presidential candidate, the Post said.
Also, the poll showed that 20 percent of voters said the same thing about Bush's backing of the Common Core education standards. "Those are significant chunks of voters who say Bush's positions are non-starters," the Post said.
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