MIAMI — Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush once identified himself as “Hispanic” on a 2009 voter form, according to a recent report.
The New York Times reported Monday that according to a registration application obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, the former Florida governor marked Hispanic in the field labeled “race/ethnicity.”
A Bush spokeswoman could not provide a reason for him marking that option, the Times reported.
However the former Florida governor took to Twitter Monday, shrugging the listing off as a “mistake,” also writing, “[I] don’t think I’ve fooled anyone.”
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) April 6, 2015
The New York Times notes that Bush speaks fluent Spanish, is married to a woman from Mexico and once lived in Venezuela for two years, all making him a strong candidate for Hispanic voters in next year’s election.
Bush is also not the first potential candidate who has been under scrutiny for heritage claims, the Times points out. Elizabeth Warren, who has not announced a presidential bid but who has garnered support from many Democrats who want her to challenge Hillary Clinton for their party’s nomination, misrepresented herself as Native American in 2012. Republican Ted Cruz, who has said he will run in 2016, was born in Canada, and there have been questions about the legitimacy of his candidacy.