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. FactCheck

    So when this Bush handed over his paperwork to the Texan Ethic Commission, did it all spontaneously burst into flames?

    November 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. neil

    If he wants to win, he has to change his last name

    November 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. FactCheck

    Bush III ... the idea for another horror film – how many wars can one family start?
    ----–

    Isn't the third part of the trilogy the one where the villain finally dies? Hmm... maybe not a bad idea.

    November 9, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. Beverly - NYC

    Wonder how he explained that Breaking and entering charge on the ethics papers. Maybe the Bush $$$$ made it all go away.

    Either way, it's still to soon for anyone named Bush to run for office.

    November 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Mark

    As a Floridian, I have to say that not all of us in Florida have high regard for what Jeb Bush and his Republican monopoly did with Florida. It was a brutal 8 years for many of us. This is contrary to what the media, both to the left, middle, and right, state today. The author of this post states that Jeb Bush is held in high regard in the Latino community. It may be true for many in the Cuban community in the southern part of the state, but other Latinos such as those of Puerto Rican, Mexican, or other descent tend to feel differently. Florida is a very diverse state and so is the Latino population. Chuck Todd with NBC is the only big media guy who I ever heard get it right (I think he originated from Miami).

    November 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. htownjesse

    No more Bush of any kind! The last one wrecked the economy, the world hated us and we just getting back on track! Go get a real job Jeb jr.I thought Repugs were good in the private sector, prove it then.You Bushes really like govt handouts...errr paychecks. Don't ya?

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

    FactCheck: Name one war a Bush ordered the first shot fired. Check Your Facts..

    November 9, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  8. Liv

    For those of you claiming that this guy is riding on his family's coattails, I wonder how you reconcile that position with the significant resistance he's going to run into exactly because of that family name? Just this comment section makes it clear that it may well be more of a liability. If anything, he deserves credit for having the backbone to pursue it regardless of the naysayers. Also, that's not a "beard". Many dark-haired guys of Latin (Spanish/French/Italian) descent look that way even after shaving. Maybe the problem is that you're too provincial.

    November 9, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. Ron, Denver

    Anytime in the next century is too soon for any Bush to run. I think they all should be put in jail..... lots and lots of crimes committed by this family and no one ever prosecuted. This is a shameful family.

    November 9, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Lucinda

    Let's hope the people of Texas are not that stupid........AGAIN. Not another Bush ANYWHERE in ANY public office!!!! I also agree with the B&E Charges; were they miraculously dropped (paid off)????? Go home, George P. Bush. Leave this country and your state alone.

    November 9, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Saboth

    Oh lord, another another Bush. Haven't they done enough damage to this country?

    November 9, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Craig in Pa.

    You can't fix stupid...!

    November 9, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. Zil Zerimar

    Good Lord...please spare us from another Bush. In Jesus we pray. Amen!

    November 9, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    @Liv – For those of you claiming that this guy is riding on his family's coattails, I wonder how you reconcile that position with the significant resistance he's going to run into exactly because of that family name?
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    Resistance or not, the Bush family dynasty still has strong ties with/for the GOP. The man – no matter ethnic makeup – WILL get support in TX and elsewhere in the nation, precisely BECAUSE HE IS A BUSH, and because there's enough red state lemming voters that will vote the party line regardless of choice of candidate. The legacy is irrelevant as most right wing sheeple have memories smaller than their paychecks.

    November 9, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. dale

    Seriously?Up here in Canada,his uncle was considered as possibly the worst president in your history,while grandpa wasnt a whole lot better.If he somehow gets in,you guys will never be trusted again from anyone on this planet,and will also possibly be considered maybe the most retarded nation on earth!

    November 9, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. EB

    These yahoos need to go away F O R E V E R.

    November 9, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Travis

    @ Rudy NYC
    "I just want to see the process of trickle down economics begin. That's all."

    What does trickle down economics have to do with donations? Nothing. Really Rudy, your blind negativity of conservatives is misplaced.

    November 9, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. California Gary

    Well I hope this Bush from Texas is smarter than the last Bush from Texas.

    November 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    USN Ret.

    FactCheck: Name one war a Bush ordered the first shot fired. Check Your Facts..
    ----------–
    Bush-43 invaded Iraq. They were dropping bombs on Baghdad's airport before UN weapons inspectors left Iraqi airspace.

    November 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Please people , let us judge him on his own Merits and Flaws and not his last name .
    We all have crazy uncles !

    November 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. rare_earth

    I get it.
    The republican party is looking for one of their own that 'looks' like a democrat.

    November 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. justsayin

    Please!!! No move Bushes in office!

    November 9, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Liv

    @The Real Truth:
    Fair enough, you make some good arguments. I concede he will reap some benefits from within the GOP of instant name recognition and established connections, but I maintain that it will still be a rough ride because of the antipathy towards that name from lefties and likely many independents.

    November 9, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. T

    George W. Bush needs to be held in an international court of law for murder. Iraq had NO; WMDs, Chemical Agents, terrorists, immediate threat to America. I think America will fall right into Eastern Europe of the late 80's in the next 20-30 years. So another trust funded Bush...No thanks. No Romney or sons... No Clinton daughter... No Palins... Leave the seat vacant and do an audit of every Senator, Congressman/woman, President over the last 30yrs. Then hold them accountable for Social Securtiy, Chinese $$$$, by appropriating their wealth for the good of the country.

    November 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. TheVoice2

    Geeeezzz...these Bush's spread like a virus. America no longer wants to be contaminated.

    November 9, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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