George P. Bush makes Texas bid official
March 12th, 2013
04:24 PM ET
10 years ago

George P. Bush makes Texas bid official

(CNN) – Another member of the Bush family is making a bid for office in Texas.

George P. Bush, the eldest son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, filed paperwork in the Lone Star State to run for land commissioner, a post that's seen as a jumping-off point for more prominent statewide office.

"If you believe, as I do, that Texas is truly an exceptional place with a rich heritage and a future of unbound potential, then I ask for your support as I run for Texas Land commissioner in 2014," Bush said in the two minute, forty-five second spot.

In the video, he discusses traveling all over Texas in the last few months, weighing a decision about running for office. He said there was one person in particular who truly inspired him.

"You probably know her as former first lady Barbara Bush, but to me she's just Ganny. The lesson Ganny taught me? The importance of public service, and I have tried to live up to those values," he said.

He mentions his time teaching at a public high school, helping organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters in North Texas and serving in the naval reserve.

"I am again constantly reminded that as Texans, we are exceptional people," he said.

As land commissioner, he vowed to address issues involving veterans affairs, education funding, energy policy, natural resources, coastline problems, and historical archives.

The land commissioner in Texas is responsible for state-owned land and mineral rights, and is regarded as a stepping stone for higher statewide office. The current lieutenant governor of Texas, David Dewhurst, previously served as land commissioner.

"Texas Land Commissioner is a great fit for George P. Bush," Austin-based Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak said, pointing to Bush's experience in education and his military service, which included a deployment to Afghanistan.

"He will likely escape a serious primary, while raising significant money, helping down ballot candidates, growing the Republican Party and building his own statewide organization. His future in Texas is very bright," Mackowiak said.

Bush, who first filed documents with the Texas Ethics Commission to run for office in November, co-founded the group Hispanic Republicans of Texas, billed as the first Texas-based political action committee that recruits Hispanic candidates for political office. His mother hails from Mexico.

Bush has deep ties to Texas - his uncle George W. Bush served as governor before being elected president, and the younger Bush attended Rice University and the University of Texas School of Law.

He hit the trail as a top surrogate for George W. Bush during both of his presidential campaigns, though earlier this year said he had "no specific plans" to run for office.

A Texas conservative activist, who asked to remain anonymous so as to speak candidly, said the land commission post was a "slam dunk" for Bush.

"Remember, he supported [Conservative senator] Ted Cruz early and took a risk there. He's considered to be more conservative than his grandpa and uncle W. I doubt anyone will even pose a real challenge," the activist said.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Ashley Killough and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "The land commissioner in Texas is responsible for state-owned land and mineral rights, and is regarded as a stepping stone for higher statewide office. "

    Translation: this is the TX position that gets you your first "in" with Big Oil and tests whether you're willing to carry their water.

    March 12, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I don't think that we even have an elected office comparable to that in New York.

    March 12, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    No mas.

    March 12, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Are these guys buying this nation??? Pathetic.

    March 12, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Good God, these people are like ZOMBIES!

    March 12, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Mike

    He needs a shave.

    March 12, 2013 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Yanni

    Oh! Lord help us all

    March 12, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. a little sad

    Don't know enough about him, though skeptical of another Bush. But he really does look like his dad.

    March 12, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. gijames1225

    Interesting... the Bushes are somewhat hit or miss, and none of them seem to be nearly adamant enough about shrinking government and increasing freedom.

    March 12, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. UDidntBuildThat

    OOO! He is cute!!! Wrap him up I'll take 2!

    March 12, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Great just what the country needs another shrub in office anywhere!!!
    Can this family just get lost and take all the losers with them to newterman's moon colony? Better yet, Mars!

    March 12, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |