Jeb Bush steps back into politics to help GOP keep House

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Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, mulling a 2016 presidential bid, is reentering politics to help the Republicans keep control of the House.

In a new ad sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Bush goes to bat for former Washington congressional aide Dave Jolly, the GOP nominee to replace the late Rep. Bill Young.

Jolly faces well-funded Democrat Alex Sink in the upcoming special election March 11 for the 13th House District seat in Pinellas County, Fla. The election has national overtones because Obamacare has been a huge issue.

But in his 30-second endorsement, Bush focused instead on jobs, wasteful spending and the “dysfunction” in Washington, broad issues that he would likely focus on if he decides to join the growing field of Republicans vying for the 2016 presidential nomination.

Associates said that he continues to eye a race and is less concerned about fighting those who don't want to continue the Bush family political legacy because it appears that Hillary Clinton is likely to enter and win the Democratic nomination, dragging the family legacy issue into the campaign herself.

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