Another Bush flirts with office in Texas
November 9th, 2012
11:03 AM ET
1 year ago

Another Bush flirts with office in Texas

(CNN) - George P. Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, this week filed paperwork required to run for office in the state of Texas.

The 36-year-old attorney hand-delivered the document Wednesday to the Texas Ethics Commission, the agency that oversees campaigns for state offices, including state senators, state legislators and statewide positions.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

The next Texas legislature convenes in January, a session for which elections were already held.

It's unclear which office Bush is seeking, but more may be known by January 15, when campaign finance reports are due to the commission.

George Antuna, a friend of Bush for 10 years, said whichever office Bush decides to seek, it "is going to be one in a strategic manner."

"Everything is on the table," he added.

Antuna co-founded with Bush, who's half-Latino, the group Hispanic Republicans of Texas, billed as the first Texas-based political action committee that recruits Hispanic candidates for political office. Atuna praised Bush for his passion for Texas and deep ties to the state–along with his family, his wife is from San Angelo and Bush himself attended Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law.

Gearing up for a run, Bush has been traveling and "working the state of Texas," Antuna said. Now that Bush has filed the paperwork, he'll start fundraising with the 2014 elections just around the corner, he added.

As for when Bush will make his decision public, Antuna gave no specific date but said an announcement is probably "not too far gone."

"We are in the process of making sure that we're obtaining as much support as we can," he said.

Not shy on the campaign side, George P. Bush has previously hit the trail as a top surrogate for George W. Bush during both presidential campaigns. Asked if George P. may face challenges in the state due to his namesake, Antuna said the former president had strong support among the Hispanic community in Texas. In return, Antuna said the 43rd president, as well as the 41st president, are "very, very supportive" of George P. Bush's plans.

Earlier this year, Bush was asked about his political future in a sit-down interview with CNN reporters. The Texas attorney said he has "no specific plans" to run for office.

"I have been asked to look at offices in Texas," said Bush, offering that his wife "would be perfectly content if I didn't run."

"I love politics," he added. "I can't get it out of my blood."

With his mother hailing from Mexico and his father, Jeb Bush, holding popularity among the Latino community in Florida, George P. Bush has strong interest in engaging the Hispanic community in Texas, where he graduated from law school. This year, he's especially spoken out about the Republican Party's rhetoric on immigration.

Bush, who has been deployed to Afghanistan as a Naval Reserves Intelligence Officer, said he sees the nation's growing Latino population as an "opportunity" for his party to gain some ground with voters, adding that many consider themselves independents, even though polling shows that Democrats have a huge lead among Hispanic voters.

In the presidential election Obama won 71% of the Latino vote, compared to 27% for Romney, according to CNN exit polls.

Bush's viewpoint has been echoed by multiple Republican commentators and leaders in the wake of the presidential election, who argue one of the biggest lessons the GOP learned this cycle was a need to adjust to demographic changes in the U.S. and become a more inclusive party. Latinos represented 10% of the U.S. electorate this year, the first time the voting bloc has reached the double digits. In 2008, it was nine percent.

Ana Navarro, a CNN contributor and Republican strategist, said she believes Bush is "seriously considering a statewide position."

"Given his background, something like Texas Land Commissioner might be a good fit but he hasn't confirmed this," she said, further describing him as hard working, optimistic and pragmatic.

Texas also holds a gubernatorial race in 2014. The current governor, Rick Perry, has yet to say whether he'll run.

He's also the chairman of Maverick PAC, an organization that aims to raise money through grassroots support rather than from traditional big money contributors, even though the group has an affiliated super PAC targeting deeper-pocketed GOP donors.

"We are building a member base that will last well into perpetuity," Jay Zeidman, finance chairman of MavPAC, told CNN in July.

MavPAC supported young, Republican candidates like Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock and Ohio Senate hopeful Josh Mandel, who lost his bid against incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown. As of October 17, the group had raised $493,645 and had $152,974 cash on hand, according to reports with the Federal Election Commission. Its super PAC raised $1.5 million since January 2011 that went to messaging to young voters.

– CNN's John Branch, Dana Davidsen and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • George W. Bush • Texas
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Txguy

    God help us down here.

    November 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Woman In California

    As long as it's Texas, fine. When he tries to take his politics to the rest of the country then, it becomes a problem. Is this one of the "brown" grandchildren referenced years ago?

    November 9, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Kirk in michigan

    Please tell me this is a joke. please

    November 9, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    Sadly I think there more than enough empty-headed people down here to elect this man into even the highest office down here.

    November 9, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. steve

    Do any of the Bush's actually work for a living!!!

    November 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Please keep him Texas and don't unleash him on the country.

    November 9, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    He might want to shave first. Too reminiscent of what's his name in Alaska ... Joe something or another.

    November 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. sayer

    Woman in CA, I was wondering the same thing. He must be one of the "brown" ones.

    November 9, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. commonsense

    What the hell.. ...

    November 9, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. BrotherMan

    Heard him speak a few times and he will be good for this nation. Very different views than his HW and W Bush. Marco Rubio, P Bush, and all of these young GOP stars show great hope for the Republican Party. Change is coming and it's a big one. They need this change. The GOP is lost on communication to the voters in this nation. These young politicians are listening to the under 50 voters and they are taking the reigns.

    November 9, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. BostonianNTheWoodlandsTX

    BrotherMan,

    Does he and this new GOP actually caree about REAL people ? By that I mean working class whites,minorities, and just everyday 9-5 and shift-work people ?

    Those of us who are working for something,have a little something or are just trying to hold onto something.

    Those of us with a no savings, a little savings,or just trying to save. Ya know....the average person without the last name or a trust fund.

    I don't think the GOP really gives a flip about those people.

    Just sayin'.........

    November 9, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. GI Joe

    No more from the Bush family EVER - 4 years of daddy and 8 years of Shrub were 12 years too much. NO NO no NO NO.

    November 9, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. v_mag

    As long as he calls for the arrest of his uncle for war crimes, repudiates his entire family (including the great grandfather who tried to have FDR assassinated), and changes his name, I would listen to him.

    November 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. mannyb

    I feel sorry for the poor people of Texas. Haven't they suffered enough?
    One consolation is this: No matter what, this Bush has to be smarter than his uncle. After all, anything above zero is a positive number.

    November 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. tom

    Rick Perry was elected, so anything is possible. The South continues to be the running joke of the country.

    November 9, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. ritmocojo

    To quote a true and great American, Yogi Berra, "It's like deja-vu all over again."
    Much like a recurring nightmare for y'all down there, Teaxas.

    November 9, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Mills

    YAY! All you liberals, grow up. If you really look at Hispanics, we are much more conservative group of people. Unfortunately, we just didn't have the right representation this round. The GOP is just fine, especially with young talent like this.

    November 9, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Phil

    George P Bush! Awesome a half hispanic former military Republican. Hope he goes far and represents our Country well!

    November 9, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. bombastus

    As long as the disease doesn't spread beyond the borders of Texas we should be OK.

    November 9, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. chilly g

    I think he is cough up in the moment.

    November 9, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Bill from GA

    This is a gimmick by the republican party to get more Latino's in the party. At least he comes from the smarter side of the family.

    Maybe Barbara, W's daughter, will run soon, ( they need some intelligent women ) but she's probably a Democrat,

    November 9, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. B.

    Forget it, Bush has become the -Four letter Word- that is synonymous with failure and arrogance!

    That said, it is very apparent that the Republicans are going to take an even harder stance since they got their butts kicked.

    They do not get it and will continue to hang-on to their failed policies..

    November 9, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. v_mag

    "He's also the chairman of Maverick PAC..."
    ----
    As a person who has known members of the real Maverick family, I can tell you that they don't appreciate their name being used by right-wingers. They protested when McCain abused the term 4 years ago.

    Actually, as a Texan, I don't particularly like any of the Bush's calling themselves Texans, either. Most of them have spent more time in Florida or New England. Ann Richards, Molly Ivins, now there were a couple of real Texans!

    November 9, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. GOP HAte America

    please just go away. Republicans are like the dude that doesnt get invited to the party but still insist he's too cool and shows up anyway.

    November 9, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. freya

    Sorry but the country is Bushedout after his Uncle's shenanigans

    November 9, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9