I was introduced to Mister Jeb at a cocktail party in Miami many years ago. I saw a nice young man very nervous. The powers in the Republican Party brought Jeb to Miami to groom him for a run at the governor's job in the state. He had the name of a powerful family and the party’s money to take a shot at the job. The Miami building trades, contractors, and unions were invited to the party to meet him.
He brought his wife and children there also. We were told he was in his family’s oil business and moved to south Florida. He later was placed in charge of the Republican Party in the Miami area. Jeb ran the first time knowing he couldn’t win, but getting his name out was important. He ran again and was a winner. The Cuban element was strong Republican, why I’ll never know because Carter opened Florida’s door to them and they came. They jumped on Jeb’s band wagon.