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The watering hole; and Jeb's everywhere

A popular hangout for credentialed Tampa convention goers is the Outback Steakhouse food and beverage section near media row. You can eat great food and consume beverages while looking out for media personalities, such as Sean Hannity, Charles Krauthammer, Brett Hume, etc. Fact is, many a convention speech has been missed because of this great watering hole. It seems Jeb Bush is everywhere. With Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush not present, Jeb has taken on the convention role of advocating issues he strongly believes in, putting a glow on the Bush name and a defender of two people he loves, his dad and brother. On top of this, he is active with the next generation of Bushes as they prepare themselves for public service. As we left the convention site my wife, Mary Jane, called out to a volunteer golf cart driver for a ride. He stopped and took us the Ashley Street security check point. His name was Rob, lives in New York City and is a recent college graduate with a professional position in an equity fund. I asked if he enjoyed being in Tampa. "I'm so lucky I got chosen as a volunteer, and everything has been great," he said.
He is one of many young people who will make up America's future.

Bob Martinez, senior policy adviser for Holland & Knight in Tampa, is a former Tampa mayor and Florida governor.
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