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. Luke Brown

    When will we be rid of these people?

    November 9, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. angryblackman

    no more bushes in office. Didnt the founding fathers reject the concept of a legacy. Isnt that what kings and queens have done since time beyond counting. Passing on control of the government to their siblings, relatives and children? How about we get rid of the Bushes and make it illegal for them to run for at least two or three generations. You dont see every kenedy and his sister running today. the reagan children are not running for office. We need to stop this hiring people from a family that obviously has a bad sense of reality and morality (how many wars did this family cost the USA). If you dont want to be beholden to Saudi Arabia any longer just say no.

    November 9, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  3. Travis

    @ Rudy NYC
    "It'll give some big conservative donors something else to spend their money on."

    Just like there will be large donations made to those in the Democratic party. What's your point?

    November 9, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    Yonni- Want to bet? When Obama finishes destroying the economy in the next four years instead of improving it, the Socialist Progressive party will disappear forever.

    November 9, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  5. michael

    I live in Texas, and you can bet I WILL NOT be voting for this man.

    November 9, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. JAKE

    Yes, let's not let anyone named Bush run. Anyone named Kennedy, Gore, or Clinton is ok. What a bunch of hypocrites.

    November 9, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Travis wrote:

    Travis

    @ Rudy NYC
    "It'll give some big conservative donors something else to spend their money on."

    Just like there will be large donations made to those in the Democratic party. What's your point?
    -------------------
    I just want to see the process of trickle down economics begin. That's all.

    November 9, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. John Smith

    Children and grandchildren running for political office off their family name are like generational poverty. They do not know another way of making a living because they have never actually worked and will not work when they get into office. Living off the public dole is the same for the kids born with a silver spool as those sucking up our welfare money. Get the Bush out of Texas by getting the GOP out. Thank the Lord for the growing Hispanic vote that knows the Democrat welcomes them.

    November 9, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Laurie in Spokane

    OK if he runs in Texas. After all they have Perry there too. As long as they don't escape into the rest of the country. Let Texas have all the Bushes and Perrys.

    November 9, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. John Smith

    Another justification for term limits and forbidding candidates from running for two offices at once ie. the one they hold and the one they want. Get rid of the career politicians.

    November 9, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. pdough

    I am presently a conservative (small c) Republican and I will tell you that if another Bush receives any party support for a white house run, I will permanently change my affiliation to the Democratic party. To me, GW did more to permanently hurt the brand of the Republican party than any President in history...we may never be able to recover from that idiot who couldn't even speak in coherent sentences. Besides, it is not good for our democracy for a well-connected and wealthy family (Bushes and Kennedys alike) to consider the white house as a birthright.

    November 9, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. crystals9

    Wasn't this country founded in part on dislike of a hereditary monarchy? Oh, sorry, somebody beat me to this issue in a prior post. Gee, I wonder why this is the first thing that comes to mind.

    November 9, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  13. Alina

    So this is the new GOP strategy: to kill off as many liberals as possible making them die laughing???
    I guess they have a better shot that way than the other convoluted ideas they're coming up with...

    November 9, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. just sayin

    idiots in massachusetts just voted in a kennedy because of his name. go for it!

    November 9, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. auggiedoggy

    ”Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” – George W. Bush

    November 9, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. us_1776

    We're sorry but the US has exceeded its quota of Bushes in politics.

    Please find another occupation.

    .

    November 9, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. bill

    Oh Lord please not another Bush! Texas has had more than our fair share of GOP fools. NO MORE BUSH

    November 9, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. JFKINAZ

    No more Bushes in the Oval Office! Once was bad, twice was horrendous, do not try to fool us a third time for President! So this out of touch party now wants to hawk George P. and Marco Rubio to Latinos for votes in future elections. Hmmm, I see a new strategy already at work after the Rovian failures of the last dozen years.

    November 9, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Tommy G

    Republicans have the Bush family, Democrats have the Clintons and Kennedys. Since name recognition is half the battle, these people keep running. If there is anything left of the country in 4 years, I'm sure the Obamas will start their own dynasty.

    November 9, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. John

    I think this Country can't put up with any more BUSHES.

    November 9, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. JFKINAZ

    I agree Laurie, do not let them escape Texas!

    Laurie in Spokane

    "OK if he runs in Texas. After all they have Perry there too. As long as they don't escape into the rest of the country. Let Texas have all the Bushes and Perrys."

    November 9, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. archerb

    I can't believe all the racist comments I'm reading here. If you oppose this guy, you are a racist, just like you are a racist if you oppose Obama. Same argument applies both ways.

    November 9, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. USN Ret.

    The NAME means nothing with out the ability to do the job. Their service to our country is what sets them apart from current and previous DEM POTUS’s. Daddy = WW2 Pilot, Son = Recon Pilot, Grandson = Navel Officer. The last and I think the worst POTUS in history Carter USN. Clinton no service, Obama no service and Romney no service that I've heard of. Lack of military service can not reduce their qualification but it leaves them with no direct knowledge of what they are asking our men and women to do. Both Bush POTUS sent troops in harms way but only after unstable minds lunched attacks of us or our friends please remember that. How those responses were handled will be examined for the next 1000 years. I wish this Bush luck in his endeavors just like I how the current POTUS dose every thing right to put this country back on track, though I can't agree with him on many issues. Good luck to him.

    November 9, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Rocky

    Even diluted at 50% with Hispanic blood, this is bad news! Go do something else. Dynastic politics is unpalatable. Neither do we have monarchy here nor do we have a Oday Hussein system here . One bush was enough for America. He sits 3 above the last in the worst Presidents list. Go own a baseball team and go mess with some dead oil wells. Leave us alone for God's sake!

    November 9, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Dnick47

    Bush III ... the idea for another horror film – how many wars can one family start? find out when Bush III plays,,,Many will ponder how high the defcit can go? Quadrillion? Pentdrillion? higher? See Bush III to find out the answer.

    November 9, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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