The National Enquirer took a low blow at Jeb Bush's daughter, Noelle Bush, who has struggled with drug addictions. The tabloid sent a photographer to her place of employment, a software company near Orlando, to capture an unflattering photo of her on a smoking break. The headline reads, "Jeb Bush's Girl Caught Loafing on the Job."
. . . The Sept. 9 pictures were shot outside the Orlando, Fla., offices of Empower Software Solutions, where her duties are listed as answering phones and office support and management.
“Noelle, a former druggie, appears overweight and dowdily dressed. I saw her slumped on the back steps puffing on one Marlboro cigarette — one after another,” an eyewitness told The ENQUIRER.
In 2002 The ENQUIRER revealed that Noelle was busted for prescription fraud, sent to rehab and then served two separate stints in jail.
A Florida political insider told The ENQUIRER Noelle’s current job was arranged with the help of Empower Software founder Seth Bernstein, a longtime Jeb supporter who is raising money for his presidential bid.
“The job was a favor to Jeb. She doesn’t really have to do much work. She spends quite a bit of the day outside, chain-smokin’,” said the insider.
“Jeb is big on campaigning on family values, but Noelle is one of his weak spots. When she was a teenager, his marriage nearly fell apart. He was rumored to be off womanizing and (his wife) Columba was spending a lot of her time shopping,” noted the insider. “You might ask, who was at home raising the kids?”The tabloid must have forgotten what happened the last time it took cheap shots at one of the Bush kids. After running unflattering photos of Jenna Bush falling down drunk at a fraternity party in Austin, the tabloid's photo editor, Bob Stevens, was the recipient of one of those letters mailed after 9/11 laced with high-grade, Anthrax spores produced at the U.S. Army's Fort Detrick biodefense weapons lab. Investigators found Anthrax spores on Stevens' computer keyboard after he died from the Anthrax poisoning he got after opening a handwritten letter to "Photo Editor, National Enquirer" mailed from Trenton, New Jersey to the tabloid's offices in Boca Raton, Florida. Other Anthrax-laced letters were sent to the New York Post, which had also run numerous unflattering stories about Bush's daughters, NBC's Tom Brokaw and two Democratic senators, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Pat Leahy.