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Florida Gov. Jeb Bush moved to trademark his name, in an effort to prevent a Florida group that has launched personal attacks against Janet Reno from continuing to call itself Americans for Jeb Bush. Bush told the political action committee on Thursday to stop using his name to raise money, saying its attacks against his re-election opponent are “what’s sick about politics.” The PAC has sent out fund-raising letters urging supporters to “Stop Janet Reno,” one of several Democratic candidates seeking to run against Republican Bush. Among the literature included with its fund-raising letters, and linked to on the group’s Web site, is an article that raises Reno’s sex life as an issue and says that when she was U.S. attorney general her Justice Department didn’t pursue prosecutions of Arab terrorists, which “came home to roost on Sept. 11.” “We’re going to do whatever we can to stop them,” Bush said. “It’s just one of these scams that misrepresents my views and attacks my opponent. It’s not my campaign.” Americans for Jeb Bush’s honorary chairman, Republican state Rep. Gus Barreiro, said Thursday he will sit down and talk with Bush. The governor wrote Barreiro saying “there is no room in this election for the kind of rhetoric” in the mailer and asking Barreiro to “repudiate this mailing forcefully, publicly and immediately.” “I value his opinion,” Barreiro said of Bush. “I would consider anything that he has to say. … Ultimately, all we’re doing is trying to help the governor get re-elected.” The group’s fund-raising letter, signed by Barreiro, seeks contributions. In it, Barreiro urges recipients to read an enclosed 2001 article reprinted from Insight Magazine that alludes to Reno’s sex life, calling her behavior when she was a Miami prosecutor “possibly perverse.” “This is what’s sick about politics,” Bush told reporters. Reno was unavailable for comment Thursday, but campaign spokeswoman Nicole Harburger said Reno wouldn’t “engage in spiteful attacks.” Barreiro said candidates’ sex lives shouldn’t be part of the campaign, but said, “I can’t change” the article. Barreiro said he only wanted to bring Reno’s record to light. Bush campaign lawyer Ben Ginsberg said the campaign filed trademark applications Thursday in an attempt to limit the use of Bush’s name. The governor said he doesn’t like third party groups being able to jump into a campaign and anticipated groups would attack him as well. “I guarantee you all these third-party groups are going to be on me like ugly on an ape. … And I don’t like it,” Bush said. “I don’t like it when it’s against somebody else; I don’t like it when it’s against me.” Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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