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. ritmocojo

    Is all the males in the Bush family besides Jeb named George?

    November 9, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. vboni

    Oh dear GOD, please say it isn't so.

    November 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Mike

    No more Bushes in politics!!! Haven't they skrood up enough!!!

    November 9, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Kareen

    God help Texas

    November 9, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Didn't Grover Norquist once "proclaim" that in America, we should be careful about Political Royalty ? That was when it was looking like Hillary Clinton might be the Dem. Nominee for Prez. I'm sure Grover feels the same way about the Bush Family.

    November 9, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. We love Obama

    Please no more Bushes...Another republican no no no

    November 9, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Navajowkb

    The smarter they are; the harder they fall, which is why "W" got all the blame for what's happened to our country during his watch. "W" is thought to be smart, graduated from Ivy Leagues with two degreez, BUT did not apply all that "book learning" to his governorship and presidency. He may not have been smart after all. His Ivy League education was BOUGHT by his parents just like the Kennedys, Rosses, Turners, and many, many other celebrities.

    November 9, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. pcalif

    Spare us.

    November 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Linden Atrocity

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! When will the madness end!!? They aren't even good at what they do!!!

    November 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Jay

    Hey good luck running for office with the name George Bush. Your uncle and grandfather with the same name are quite loved after their tenures.

    November 9, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  11. nvorr

    Please, not another one! I heard that Jeb is planning to put his hat in the ring for 2016.

    November 9, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Thomas

    I like how the conservatives posting here are letting it known , GP Bush is Half Hispanic . And stating that Hispanics are much more conservative. Until the GOP starts treating people not as Pinatas of an economic class but as human beings . The GOP will not stand for the part'y of equality and justice . Your never going to see a Mexican Tea Party movement !

    I wish the young Bush all the best ,
    who know's ,he could run against Chelsea Victoria Clinton in 2020!

    GP can't run in 2016 , not enough experiance .

    November 9, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. GuyinVA

    Why not? They just elected yet another Kennedy in Massachusetts. Hide your daughters. Or at least buy them pepper spray and scuba gear.

    November 9, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. racegirl1

    We have had enough of the bushes, what do you want to see collectively how much damage one family can do? Why don't all of you do something together, like I don't know go hunting and let Cheney go with you.

    November 9, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. IndFL

    You can have ALL the Bush's we have in Florida, we get rid of them and perhaps we can have an election that won't be screwed up.

    November 9, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Let him run, I say. It's a free country. It'll give some big conservative donors something else to spend their money on.

    November 9, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. Dude

    Good luck to George P!! Engaging hispanics is a great idea for Republicans and there is nothing wrong with compassionate conservatism. Lots of mainstream Republicans are waiting for moderates to emerge and take the helm!

    As for George W, one day historians may rate him much more favorably, He kept the economy afloat after 9/11. He made hard decisions based on the available intelligence and the instincts of senior leaders. He ensured that Iraq and Libya did not have nuclear weapons programs. His only mistakes may lie in buying into the "You Break It; You Buy It" mantra about Iraq and in kicking the Iranian nuclear can down the road instead of destroying the Iranian nuclear program militarily when we had an abundance of forces in the region.

    November 9, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. GuyinVA

    @Bill from GA,

    The crookedest man in Congress? I thought Alcee Hastings was from FL. As far as the south being the running joke of the country, that should be over soon. All of the oh-so-enlightened northerners are taking their state-bankrupting pensions from their 20 year no-show union jobs and moving south in order to escape the various sewers they've created up north.

    November 9, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT

    Save the environment, plant a Bush back in Texas!

    November 9, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Thomas wrote:

    I like how the conservatives posting here are letting it known , GP Bush is Half Hispanic . And stating that Hispanics are much more conservative.
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    Most minority groups in this country are more socially conservative than most caucasians. For example, blacks polled the highest of any ethnic group when it came to opposing gay marriage. Hispanics and Asians both polled higher than whites on the issue of gay marriage.

    But, there's a difference between being an economic conservative politician and tricking people into doing our bidding. Republicans don't seem to understand that people can plainly see the difference.

    November 9, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. Let's Move Forward

    Don't be so quick to judge just because his last name is Bush. How about we wait and see what his views are.
    By the way I think four and the door and truth hurts worked for The Romney campaign. They can't post because their credit cards as well as everything else they used were deactivated after Romney's concession speech. They were discarded like trash by Romney and are still trying to leave Boston.

    November 9, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Chupacabra

    Just another young punk kid with no life experience to stand on and thinks he can lead.Before the photo op he should have shaved his euro-trash beard off, it doesn't make him look anymore mature.

    November 9, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. Yonni

    There is no new republican coming they are recycling until the gene pool dry

    November 9, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Leroy

    Read my lips: NO NEW TEXANS !!!

    November 9, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  25. andrew.peter

    I feel the same way about the Kennedy family. Not another one in government?!! I thought we were done with them?

    November 9, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
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