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.

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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. umm ...

    as the pot of petunias said, "Oh, no ... not again ..."

    November 9, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    George P. Bush may be the most qualified Texan for the job (whatever job he's seeking), but if his last name was not 'Bush', he would probably have to start in local politics, and work his way up.

    November 9, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Chelsea

    Many of you see his last name and that he's a Republican and make rash generalizations about his viewpoints. His social viewpoints are very different than his fammily name might suggest. Listen to the man first, then formulate a judgement. There's a reason he is very popular with Latinos down here, a demographic that usually jumps ship for the Democrats.

    November 9, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. FREEDOM

    He is young, intelligent, and bold! HALF the country didn't vote Obama into office BOTH times. We need strong alternatives to this corrupt path Obama's administration is leading us down – and we're open to ALL of them!

    November 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. TPF

    This particular Bush is a super guy with a brilliant career ahead of him. He is Jeb's son and Jeb is the smartest one of the Bush's. He is like day and night from the rest of them. Hope he goes far and is at least given a chance without labeling him before he does anything. I do think he will surprise a lot of people.

    November 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Khaleeshi

    No more Bush's – they have already done enough to this country. Don't you republican's have any good candidates? This is just pathetic.

    November 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  7. Bill

    I would recommend a legal name change for anyone named Bush running for any office. The toxicity of the name Bush can not be overstated.

    November 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Anonymous

    To tom . The South continues to be the running joke of the country.

    Here in Georgia, we (they) elected the crookedist man in Congress to be our Governor. Now, every few days, the Atlanta newspaper has a new story about some of his Shady Deals. (Also his knickname)

    November 9, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Big Al

    This is great news. George W. Bush was one of the greatest presidents we have had.

    November 9, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Oh great another Bush. And he's half hispanic to boot. I'm surprised they didn't trot him out to help Willard. The saddest thing is people will conveniently develop a case of selective amnesia and they will gladly put another shrub in the White House.

    November 9, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. Romney is NOT My Hero

    Oh LAWD!!!! The only good I can see is at least he's Jebya's son and not Dubya's.

    November 9, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Canuck

    @Big Al
    "George W. Bush was one of the greatest presidents we have had."

    Note – sarcasm doesn't interpret well over the internet (that was sarcasm, wasn't it???)

    November 9, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Bill from GA

    To tom . The South continues to be the running joke of the country.

    Here in Georgia, we (they) elected the crookedist man in Congress to be our Governor. Now, every few days, the Atlanta newspaper has a new story about some of his Shady Deals. (Also his knickname)

    Did I fail to put my tag on this???

    November 9, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Nice tan, but you're still a Bush!!! Run for Mayor of Brownsville or one of the border cities.

    November 9, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Ryan

    These comments are what is wrong with our country. I typically vote democrat. I am a Obama supporter. However, I am disappointed by the response of many on here. You have no basis to attack this man. Those of you who have are no better than extremists in the TEA Party.

    This man is his own man. You know nothing about him or his political positions, and you are demonizing him? That is pathetic. Come back to the middle America! Where things get done.

    That is all. Have a good weekend.

    November 9, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. ritmocojo

    The country has already been Bush-wacked and quite frankly, twice is enough.

    November 9, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. MrBeenThere

    NO GOD PLEASE............. NO MORE BUSHES.............. the country can't take any more

    November 9, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. Pippa

    Seems like there's always one in the bush...

    November 9, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. TexAnne

    Geezalou– TWO freaken' days after this election ends and we're already posting stories about the next one. Give us a little time to recover, PLEASE!!!!
    And as a lifelong 5th generation Texan- please give us a rest from anybody else named Bush.

    November 9, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    He's no Julian Castro!!!

    November 9, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  21. The Situation

    Oh Please, not another Bush! God they crawl out of every hole you can imagine. He might be a very smart guy, I don't doubt it. I believe he introduce his grandfather either back in 1988 or 1992 when he was a teen and did a good job. But his grandfather, well left America in bad shape financially. His uncle, well, I think Rethugs and entire world knows what he did in his 8 years. His dad Jeb, if he state never stole the election, the world wouldn't have been so bless to have George W. Bush as US President.

    Sorry, your last name might get you far in Texas but never Nationally.

    November 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. The Situation

    Big Al
    This is great news. George W. Bush was one of the greatest presidents we have had.

    November 9, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am

    You need to get off the meds you are currently on!

    November 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Q

    The Bush name is forever tainted!

    November 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. Omar Dice

    It time for people to look beyond the color of the skin. black and white can live in peace and harmony. Barack Obama, the first black president, Ours President. Obama capturing 93% of the black vote, 71% of the Latino vote and 73% of the Asian-American vote. GOP has no hope from now on. Karl Rove is only revelant to angry white men and old white guys are now in the minority. $2 billion dollars spent for what? The same President, more Dems in the House and more Dems in the Senate. Way to go Karl. If anyone hires this guy to run a national campaign again, they get what they pay for. Money down a rat hole. if you ain't got God & Love in your heart..."YOU AIN'T GOT NOTHING".. MONEY never beat Americans spirit!

    November 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Liv

    Ooo, I love the idea of hearing this guy speak Spanish again. He must have gotten his perfect accent from his mom's side. Also, I don't think it's fair to hold his family name against him. Other than his great Spanish accent, I remember thinking he's got a lot of charisma and came across intelligent.

    November 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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