Jeb Bush Resigns From All His Boards 'Next natural step' toward a 2016 run, says spokesperson By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 1, 2015 1:00 PM CST 109 comments Comments Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks in Washington in November. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Newser) – One more sign that when Jeb Bush says he is "actively exploring" a presidential run in 2016, it means the formal announcement is just a matter of time: He has resigned from all his boards and continues to "shed business interests" ahead of a primary fight, reports the Washington Post. “This is a natural next step that will allow him to focus his time on gauging interest for a potential run," says his spokeswoman. The Post singles out one business connection in particular that opponents might have seized upon to sully his image as an education reformer: He had been a paid adviser for Academic Partnerships, a for-profit education firm that sells online courses to public universities. As the Post writes, "some faculty members say it siphons money from the schools while asserting too much control over academic decisions." Meanwhile, Bush also rejected an invitation from Rep. Steve King to speak at the Iowa Freedom Summit later this month. Bush cited a scheduling conflict, though the AP notes it could have been politically dicey: King is a vocal critic of immigration reform, while Bush is an advocate.