Jeb Bush Nicknames Senator "Hurricane Katrina," Sparking Fury

Jeb Bush’s insensitive nickname for a South Carolina state senator might be the death knoll for his struggling GOP campaign.

Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s thoughtless nickname for a South Carolina senator resulted in a lot of raised eyebrows.

While trying to make an awkward comparison between meteorological strength and the determination of South Carolina’s state Sen. Katrina Shealy, Bush gave her an even more unfortunate nickname: “Hurricane Katrina.”

“In fact, when I was governor, in 16 months we had eight hurricanes and four tropical storms. One of them was called Katrina. I don’t know why your great state senator reminds me of a hurricane. But she does,” he says. “She’s strong and she’s fierce, and she’s solving problems for you at the state capitol. You should be honored to have her as your elected official. I hope you agree with that. That should be your nickname. In the Bush family, we always give out nicknames. Yours is now Hurricane Katrina.”

Honoring an elected official with the name “Hurricane Katrina” isn't the wisest move for the GOP candidate and presidential hopeful. The 2005 hurricane killed more than 1,800 people, including 14 in Florida, and was one of the biggest debacles of George W. Bush’s administration.

There's zero political wisdom in reminding people of his brother’s failure and making references that are insensitive to the victims at such a critical moment in his campaign.



Sen. Shealy, a supporter of Bush, says that she found the moniker "sweet" and the Republican did not meant to imply anything negative by it. The fact remains however, that as a presidential candidate, Bush should mind his words.

Shealy’s well-intentioned defense of Bush had the opposite effect of sparking negativity against her on social media. Take a look at what some of the Twitterati have to say about her.



Clearly, Jeb Bush has inherited his brother’s penchant for making lame and politically incorrect quips.

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