Another Bush flirts with office in Texas
November 9th, 2012
11:03 AM ET
5 years 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. SmellsFishy

    He has to be smarter than that idiot who ran the country into the ground for 8 years!

    November 9, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. alleygator

    Is Jenna next?

    November 9, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. Little Jimmy Truth

    He is really brilliant than Obama.

    November 9, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Travis wrote:

    What does trickle down economics have to do with donations? Nothing. Really Rudy, your blind negativity of conservatives is misplaced.
    TrickleDownTheory 101: Donations get spent on campaigns. People are hired to work the campaigns. Equipment and resources are purchased from businesses large and small.

    Look at all of the campaign money that was spent during the final 3-4 months of the presidential campaigns. Now tell me again why unemployment could not have dropped under 8%. When money is spent, it's called Stimulus, which helps the economy.

    November 9, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. rosethornne

    Eeewww ick go away!!!

    Enough already!


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

    Well, let em get ready to run for whatever he wants. If he shows he has merit and pushes for what his voters want, good for him. If not, bad for him. Not much else to say. I won't condemn or praise him or any other politician on name alone.

    November 9, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. nilianil

    Well, have at it, I say. More power to em to get ready and run for what he wants. If he has merit and pushes for what the people want, good for him. If not, bad for him. I won't condemn or praise any politician simply by name alone – I'll reserve that for once they start talking.

    November 9, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. rafly

    he is cute, let him run.....we need young smart men to replace old type repubican party

    November 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. A little sad

    Don't know anything about him.

    Hesitant to lay the sins of the uncle on the child. Doesn't mean I wouldn't view with heightened scrutiny.

    November 9, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Dax

    Great, Another 'leader" born on 3rd base, claiming he's hit a triple.

    November 9, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Shan

    Even ignoring the politics, this bloodline is fairly successful. What the heck?! O.O

    November 9, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Kellie

    His father is a much more sensible and intelligent Republican than his uncle – hopefully he would have inherited his father's take on conservative politics – but whether a political ingenue can withstand the radical right and it's influence remains to be seen.

    November 9, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. nothing new here

    The Republican party should have listened to the advice Barry Goldwater once offered – never to bow down to the preachers that want to play politics.
    The GOP's economic platforms are good, but the religious moralizing has got to go.

    November 9, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. Travis

    @ Rudy NYC
    "TrickleDownTheory 101: Donations get spent on campaigns. People are hired to work the campaigns. Equipment and resources are purchased from businesses large and small."

    Except the article says it's unclear which office he's seeking or if he plans to go through with a campaign. So no trickle down economics is occuring, and no donations are being made.

    "Look at all of the campaign money that was spent during the final 3-4 months of the presidential campaigns. Now tell me again why unemployment could not have dropped under 8%. When money is spent, it's called Stimulus, which helps the economy."

    And what do you think happens to those people, equipment and resources when the campaigns are done?

    November 9, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. hecep

    As long as this latest iteration of Bush doesn't go beyond state politics, fine by me.

    November 9, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Deme Joseph

    He's cute. The color does him well. I hope he is not as stupit as his uncle. Not sure about his dad, he seems to be more of a State runner, not national. I guess now even he will feel better about running since OBAMA won for the second time. Now it's time to vote a Mexican American. NOT Latino, Mexican. They deserve it. After getting so much hell from the right for so many years. We can do it lets try in 4 years.

    November 9, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Patines

    ...and when we thought the nightmare ended with the we go again!

    November 9, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Hogan's Goat

    "the antipathy towards that name from lefties" He gave your party a black eye that will last for decades. He was the worst president ever, and he was all yours. You dodged another bush with Mitt, so be thankful for what you didn't get.

    November 9, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. umm ...

    History will be kind to George W. Bush ...

    Mainly because his administration awarded the contracts for writing and printing history textbooks for public schools to firms that donated to his campaigns.

    November 9, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    @Travis – You need to go back and read what I wrote that started you on this misguided argument. It's on page one. Now read your last post. Since I don't have a vacuum suit, so I'm ignoring it.

    November 9, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Marita

    Just what we need another Bush in office . . . as if the last two father and son did not do enough damage.

    November 9, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. DaveC

    Word of advice from someone who watched Reagan and Bush Sr and now witnessed the Republican party being run into the ground. Stop talking about social issues. Get out of people's personal lives. Stress fiscal policy. Don't pander the tea party and nut jobs. As CNN predicted within 10 years Texas will be a blue state so you will have to be a moderate republican. Besides, that is the only republican who can win elections above the state level in most areas of the country (this will be true in Texas soon also).

    November 9, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. n, tx

    Another loser bush who wants to take this great country into bankruptcy. Like his grandfather, uncle and father did. Stay out of politics bush name in American no one likes any more.

    November 9, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. JD

    Bush did nothing. Yet everyone needs his tax breaks, "Obama" phones were actually a bush policy, the war in Iraq was the bush road map, the drug benefit in Obama Care is actually an ink in of the bush law from '06.

    I could go on, but you guys only know emotion. Mostly hate.

    November 9, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Steve

    This is certainly to be expected. And I am sure he is much smarter than his uncle, but if he follows his uncle's logic and "leadership" model, it will be a disaster. I totally understand why he would run for office; heir apparent. It's just hard for me to fathom that he has any idea of what it is like for middle America. It will be years before a Bush ought to be allowed close to any elected office. Can't imagine America can afford such miscreants. The Bush/shrubs have done enough damage. If he wants to truly be of service, ther3e are much better ways than politics.

    November 9, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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