Jeb Bush created private equity firm

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) joined with a team of bankers to create a private equity investment firm, a development that raises new questions about whether he will run for president in 2016.

Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell confirmed the creation of the entity, Britton Hill Holdings LLC, which was first reported Thursday by Bloomberg. It was created in 2013.

The news comes as Bush is viewed as a potential frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Polls show him running well in key states and many Republicans view him as party's strongest possible nominee.

Campbell said Bush "is still weighing whether or not to pursue the presidency." He has said he plans to make a decision around the end of the year.

Bloomberg reported that Bush teamed with former bankers from Credit Suisse Group AG and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. to create a Florida-based investment firm. The firm has made investments tied to the oil and gas industries.

The private equity industry became a focal point in the 2012 campaign. Democrats repeatedly painted Republican nominee Mitt Romney's private equity career in a negative light, in an effort to portray him as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans. If Bush runs for president in 2016, he could face similar attacks.

Updated at 7:14 p.m.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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