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. Harri

    One more nepot. Give it up!

    November 9, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. CryAllYaWant

    "he is cute"?

    Yeah thats important. This country is soon in the hands of idiots who say stupid things like this.

    November 9, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Jack in Florida

    NO MORE BUSHES!!! They have done enough damage to this country.

    November 9, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. us_1776

    No no no

    A thousand times, NO !!


    November 9, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Donaldbain

    These perpetually in politics mega millionaire families should be shown the door. They have had their governorships, their high government posts and their presidencies. It is time to move away from these eternal big shot leeches and let other people, equally qualified and ambitious have their chances to lead. Neither Bush presidency did the US any good and to elect someone based on who they are related to is monumentally stupid and short sighted. If Republicans can do no better than to recycle family names to political posts then they are doomed. If you are only electing him because he is a Bush then you should turn in your voter ID. Same goes for anyone from the Kennedy group.

    November 9, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. bph

    I remember when Kennedy ran for President everyone was afraid that Booby would be next then Teddy and control the white house for 24 years, now it seems the norm for those of privilege(the rich) to treat the governing of this country as their right.............just saying

    November 9, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. interested 48

    Please, God, spare us from another Bush!!

    November 9, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Sooverthis

    We don't need anymore s hit!

    November 9, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Jason

    I ask you what are important to Americans? Regardless of political affiliation.
    Is it freedom?
    Is it peace?
    Is it liberty?
    Is it a free ride?
    Is it personal responsibility?
    Is it getting your hands dirty when times are tough?
    Is it being able to get your hands dirty when times are tough?
    Is it regulating a 10 year old who is trying to have a lemonade stand on the side of the road because she doesnt have a permit to do so?
    Is it getting into so much debt that the dollar falls as the worlds reserve currency?
    Is it policing the world?

    I ask you to answer these questions and bring more thoughts on issues? I don't want name calling, I don't want blame only what you think. Items like these are where people can discuss the items only and where we can all find some common ground. Both sides of the aisle are doing wrong on most of these that we can agree on. so lets push for the common changes for the good of all.

    November 9, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Steve

    Oh why not another Bush. Texan's have shown such intelligence when picking their Governor's in the past. The brightest of all being Mr. Rick Parry, mmmm Perry!

    Let's keep doing the same thing and hope for different results! Let all those southern buffoons rejoice!

    God love Ann Richards! She never was given the respect she deserved and the elected "W" to replace her? That says all I need to know about the mentality of Texans – DUH

    November 9, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Independent Voter

    No more "Bush" presidents. No more. Sick of the lot of them.

    November 9, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Dave

    as long as he stays in Texas and does not threaten REAL Americans, I could care less what the Shrublets do.

    November 9, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. capnmike

    Please, O Ye Powers of the Universe, let us run out of Bush's. We have had enough of this rotten gang.

    November 9, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. a slozomby

    the only bush that was good for texas was the one attached to ann richards.

    November 9, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. bob

    Is he a mass murderer, stupid as an inanimate object, an ex-alcoholic, a fool, and a twisted, immoral piece of human garbage? If so, perhaps it's genetics. Anyway – exactly what the GOP needs – more human-garbage candidates.

    November 9, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. DrScott622

    He's he wasn't born he's a socialist.......probably not! He IS another DUMB BUSH!

    November 9, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Like moths to a flame, or flies to, well, whatever. Hopefully he takes after his father more than his uncle.

    November 9, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    he looks black

    November 9, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. Strategic Bob

    Dear God, NO! Haven't the Bushes done us enough harm already?

    Oh, wait. He is going to run in Texas. Well, if he sticks to state or local office, that would be OK. After giving us LBJ and the Shrub, Texas deserves whatever punishment comes its way.

    November 9, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Adam

    Well, it's Texas, he'll probably be voted into office.

    November 9, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Hey Now

    Is he half hispanic and half Bush? I see a dark tone to him. I love Hispanics, BUT would be shocked to see one as part of the conservative Bush immigrant hating family.

    November 9, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Let's See

    Hey guys, I'm a democrat and before we jump down his throat... let's just see what he has to say first. Lets be more open minded than the other party. I'm willing to listen to anyone who has good ideas but if he's a buffoon like his uncle then I say NO WAY!!!

    November 9, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Marzipan

    Bush 41 and Jeb Bush aren't so bad; it's unfortunate that Dubya gave his family such a bad name that nobody will even consider voting in another Bush, even if the guy's a moderate.

    November 9, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Hey Now

    Oops I should of read the article. It does confirm he is half hispanic. I just saw the photo and couldnt believe it.

    November 9, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. joe doh

    and in trailer park paradise texas this worthless state would vote him in , in a new york minute! we were so happy in boston when texas didn't get a retired space shuttle!

    November 9, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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