Another Bush flirts with office in Texas
November 9th, 2012
11:03 AM ET
10 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. AZ Girl

    NOOOOOO! Not another one! It's like I'm living through "Groundhog's Day".

    November 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. james648

    when he was little, his grandma, said.. Now George! Don't you Pee on that Bush!

    November 9, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. james648

    when he was little, I can hear his grandma fussing.. Now George! don't Pee on that Bush! You'll ruin it forever!

    November 9, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Crop1981

    Just what the country doesn't need, another damn Bush in public office!

    November 9, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Cyprustree

    Haven't we had enough with the Bush family?? If Texans are smart (remains to be seen), they will RUN the other way and not give this bozo a dime or a minute of their time. We've been there, done that, got the T-shirt, seen the movie and it's definitely NOT the kind of movie from which to make a sequel.

    November 9, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. ronb

    Now is not the time, young fella. Americans believe the taste is still too bitter from the last Bush! And, believe me....ain't nothing worse than bitter bush!!

    November 9, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. RobnTexas

    We need to nip this twig at the bud. we can't take another George Bush! We've had 2 George Bushes and 3 recessions including the worst one since the Great Depression... it's taking years to clean up the mess!

    November 9, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  8. boulevardier

    So you dems shudder at the thought of another Bush?? . . . . . . . well, now you know how we feel about the turds that just wont flush in the Democratic party – the Kennedys and the Clintons!

    November 9, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. BigdaddyUSA

    Better check to see if there are any weapons of mass destruction in Texas first. Thanks to his uncle we have lost over 4,400 of our children, wives and husbands. I would ever let another bush near politics.

    November 9, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. ingyandbert

    I think we've had just about all the Bushes this country can handle, thankyouverymuch.

    November 9, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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