Another Bush flirts with office in Texas
November 9th, 2012
11:03 AM ET
6 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. Let's See

    Has anybody heard from truth hurts or Four and the Door? I really miss laughing at their ridiculous post....oh well

    November 9, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. sri

    TX is beginning to look like India where political assets are passed down generation to generation...

    November 9, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. Deb in MT

    Well, Texas, I think you just need to nip that 'flirtation' right in the bud.

    November 9, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Let's See

    The republicans need young new leadership to help with their dying party. I really hope they can get their party together and join the democrats in making this country better. So I say go for it!

    United We Stand, Divided We Fall

    November 9, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    The difference between the Kennedy's and the bushes is that they truly cared for the country and Teddy proved it to the end working across the aisle.
    The bushes are like roaches. You get rid of one and another one shows its ugly head. Didn't his grandfather have something to say about the color of his skin? Not that it should matter one iota.

    November 9, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Clete

    I only glanced at the article, are you saying that another Bush has the runs in Texas?

    November 9, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Brent

    I though it was Eric Spoelstra!

    November 9, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. ST

    Anyone who has news what is going on in Florida? Are they counting votes from 2000 til 2012 or what? Why has it taken so long????

    November 9, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. JD

    LOL, doesn't he realize that George Double U drug the Bush name down for good. Why do you think Romney and the GOP didn't want Bush involved in this election? He can run all he wants but the country will never again put a Bush or a Cheney in a leadership position for us. Not to mention stuterring Karl Roves crew!

    November 9, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. batjones

    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." This is a troubling comment. To me, "strategic" implies calculating for advantage or profit. It does not imply public service. I think we have had enough of Bush profiteering. Their tenures tend to drain the American economic system: George H.W. Bush and the SNL failures; George W. Bush and the global financial crisis.

    November 9, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  11. come on

    time for politacl families to be gone along with political parties.... the country would be much more well more bush's/clintons/kennedys and Jacksons!

    November 9, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. mg59

    Interesting how CNN refers to George P. Bush as "half-Latino", but does not refer to others as "half" (e.g. Obama is half black).... Shouldn't Bush be simply referred to as "Latino"?

    November 9, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. E Holder

    It's not like they were bequeathed the jobs by the Queen of England. You lemmings elected them!

    November 9, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    Good......and keep him in Texas cause the rest of the nation is done with this family.

    November 9, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -Let's See

    Has anybody heard from truth hurts or Four and the Door? I really miss laughing at their ridiculous post....oh well
    I'm sure they have assumed an equally inaccurate nom de plume and have kept on posting. Just look for similar style. I'm certain truth hurts has been here under any numb and absurder of names: four and the door has been a regular, though.

    November 9, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. HoustonOilMan

    I'm no Bush fan but if he can get rid of Rick Perry I'll listen.

    November 9, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Travis

    @Rudy NYC
    "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."

    And the only reason this argument became misguided was because you couldn't answer a simple question.

    November 9, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  18. lilred

    Will this family never go away?

    November 9, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. HoustonOilMan

    He may want to start using the name Jorge Arbusto.

    November 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. PurpDic

    Barbra ...please at least close your legs if you can't stomach a condom! This infestation of Bushes is too much for our country's condition,

    November 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Commensense

    I heard awhile back Jeb would be running for POTUS, there has to be something seriously wrong with his thought process! The Bush family needs to leave politics alone, find something else to do, like taking the millions they would spend on running and help the families who lost loved ones in the wars they started.

    November 9, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Stating the obvious

    So how long before this BUSH is pushed above all others to the whitehouse?

    November 9, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. honesty is my sin

    I wonder how long it will take for the establishment to push him above other possible WH contenders in the future? Any Guesses?

    November 9, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Just great

    He will be the prez in the future because our owners will do as Captain Picard says, "make it so."

    November 9, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. J.J.

    That in and of itself, is frightening. Another Bush. Surely to goodness, Texas is large enough for them to get lost in, carry on whatever their legacy is and not bother the rest of the USA. We've been trying to get over the last one for the past four years.

    November 9, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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