Pix Is A Blast From The Past




The New York Times this weekend featured a 1999 picture of some Florida politicians in a story about former Gov. Jeb Bush which I thought Browardbeat.com readers might like to see.

Speaking to then state Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami, is a shockingly youthful Bush. Both are seated.

Over their shoulders is a group of lawmakers, including two Broward Democratic state House members of the era.  The pair have moved on to other political jobs.

That’s Broward County Commissioner Tim Ryan standing on the far left.  Next to Ryan is John Rayson, now Davie Town Attorney, who is wearing a brown tie and is looking at Bush.

Rayson appears to be deep in thought.  I wonder what was going through Rayson’s mind?




8 Responses to “Pix Is A Blast From The Past”

  1. Chaz Stevens says:

    Bang, marry, kill.

  2. Wayne Arnold says:

    Does not look like a happy event. Not a smile to be had. John Rayson and Tim Ryan two of the best legislators Broward has had. Each of whom would have been a better Governor.

  3. just one vote says:

    the only consolation is jeb won’t be elected prez in 2016. he is polling so low that advisors want his brother to campaign for him.

    the zeitgeist in the US was incomprehensible or ignored by those deciding to run, both dems and repubs. the prolitariet clearly has had enough, going back to 2000 and now two terms each of less than stellar presidents.
    not singling any party out but America the beautiful in 2015 is not the land of opportunity for its citizens as in years past.
    thats why jeb will continue to live in Coral Gables.

  4. Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz says:

    am Martin-Luther-Platz, Dresden-Neustadt, DRESDEN, Freistaat Sachsen, 2:33 a.m.

    This BLAST FROM THE PAST gives me a good sequeway (sic) into the brochure I got at the hotel showing the El-Amarna Egyptian Exhbition here in Dresden like the one the FORT LAUDERDALE ART MUSEUM had before I moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2004! REMEMBER THAT GREAT – UP YOURS SOUTH BEACH, CORAL GABLES, and COCONUT GROVE and PALM BEACH – WE HAVE CLASS TOO! EXHIBITION! Remember how every on Fort Lauderdale thought, aha! now we are not going to be treated that step-children by Palm Beach and servants by Miami-Dade! AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT GLAMOUR and PUBLICITY and GLITZ!!! NOTHING, the “usual suspects” in the Broward Workshop, Greater Chamber and Greater Tourist and the rest LET THE USED CAR DEALERS AT AUTO UNION GET THEIR HANDS ON THE MUSEUM AND HANDLE IT OVER TO NOVA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now its the NSU Art Museum or some such thing.
    And South Beach has ART BASEL, Miami has Wynwood and the Design District, and Delray Beach and Boca Raton have new artists’ quarters like here in Dresden-Neustadt, and FORT LAUDERDALD and the County have DITTLE! Why? Because the “leadership” of third-rate lobbyists and non profit parasites control both political parties and city and county halls.
    YES, I LIKE BLASTS FROM THE PAST! But they are “saddening” in what MISTAKES and LOST OPPORTUNITIES the City of Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County have had while Monroe County remains the scenic Keys, Miami-Dade remains the art center of Florida and Palm Beach gets the money-crowd and we have the trailer park trash level Lobbyists, Non profit parasites.

  5. uh huh says:

    we are really hurting if rayson was one of the best, he is and has been clueless, more like sleep walking than deep in thought, otherwise he is a nice personable guy

  6. Clarke Anthony says:

    John Rayson, deep in thought?? That never happened!

  7. leave john alone says:

    John is a good guy. He should have been Judge. Poor guy listened to Judy Stern when she told him he didn’t have to campaign out west in the condos as she had it covered and he just had to work his east side base. In the end David Brown and Judge Tobin-Singer worked their butts off out west and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Broward judicial history.

  8. Charlotte Greenbarg says:

    Oh that brings back memories.

    There was a sit-in at the Capitol as I recall and it was very tense meeting between the two.

    Lt. Gov.(?)Frank Brogan is standing behind them. I don’t think he would have let things get to that point had he been in charge.

    The Pres. of the Senate is next to him. Her name eludes me.


    Toni Jennings, who was not President of the Senate but Lt. Governor under Bush after Frank Brogan resigned to become president of FAU.