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Thursday
Nov152012

Another George Bush Considers a Run in Texas

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Political observers, take note of this name: George Prescott Bush.  The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to run for office, and is apparently considering a run for land commissioner in the Lone Star State.

Bush’s filings did not specify the office that interests him, but his father on Wednesday sent an email to his own supporters asking for donations to George P.’s exploratory account.  In the email, Jeb specified that his son was eyeing the job of land commissioner in 2014.

“Last week, George P. opened a campaign account to explore the opportunity to run for statewide office in Texas,” Jeb wrote in the email, which was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times.  “I am writing to ask that you consider making a personal contribution as he begins his quest for public service."

“While the election is in 2014, it is important to show early financial support, particularly in a state as big as Texas," the email continued.  "The office that George is considering running for is Land Commissioner which oversees the mineral rights, commercial real estate owned and sovereign submerged lands of the State of Texas as well as veterans affairs and historic archives.”

The position carries prestige and tradition in the state of the Texas.  The Office of Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office is the oldest, continuous elected position in the state’s history.  It predates the position of governor, according to the office’s website.

And the position can serve as a launching pad in the state: The current lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, served as land commissioner before moving to his current job.

Bush, 36, is an attractive up and comer for Republicans, and GOP officials in Texas (and nationally) have been hoping the young Bush would seek political office for some time.  Bush is the full package, so to speak: young, smart, he has military experience, having served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he’s descended from a political dynasty, and he’s half Latino.  His mother, Columba, is Mexican-born.

He is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas Law School.

The election would be Bush’s first run for public office, but the national political world is very familiar to him.  He got his first exposure at age 12, when he recited the pledge of allegiance to the crowd at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans, where his grandfather was officially nominated for the top of the Republican presidential ticket.

And he has stayed involved in politics as an adult; in 2012, he co-founded Maverick PAC, a super PAC that supports Republican candidates for House and Senate.

The election is not until 2014, so voters in Texas will have plenty of time to get acquainted with the newest political figure from the well-established Bush family who runs a business-consulting firm in Fort Worth.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Aug072012

Is America Ready for Another George Bush?

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- George Bush is going to the Republican National Convention this year. Not George W. Bush, not George H.W. Bush but George Prescott Bush, the eldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. He is challenging the Republican Party to once again be a "big tent" party, especially when it comes to reaching out to Hispanics.

As the grandson and nephew of the 41st and 43rd presidents of the United States respectively, George P. Bush is the heir to a long political heritage. His father Jeb -- the popular former Florida governor -- had until recently been considered a possible vice presidential pick for the Romney ticket this fall.

"In politics it's about timing, and there's also chemistry that's involved. This isn't his time and I think he's at peace with that," George P. Bush said of his father. "Of course on a personal level, I'm disappointed, but Governor Romney has some great folks that he can select from."

Jeb Bush has expressed concerns about the state of the Republican Party, stating that Ronald Reagan would have a hard time getting the nomination from today's GOP.

"I would concur with his assessment, I think we have to be mindful of Reagan's ethos of the big tent theory," said George P. Bush. "The Republican Party in order to be successful has to include people from all backgrounds, namely the Hispanic community."

Mitt Romney took a tough line on immigration in the Republican primaries, but George P. Bush says to win over the Hispanic vote, the presumptive nominee needs to focus on the economy.

"I think he needs to focus on kitchen table issues. That's the economy, solving our unemployment issue and dealing with education reform," explained Bush whose mother, Columba Bush, is Mexican-American. "Immigration of course is an issue - it's an important issue to the community - but first and foremost it's about how do we get back on the right track economically."

As for his own political future, George P. says he has no specific plans. But he says he may eventually run for office.

"Right now I'm reviewing potential opportunities, and we'll - we'll see where it takes me," he said.

What advice do the Bush elders have for the up and comer?

"The advice is always to make a name in your own right. To be a success in your own capacity, to go out and, and figure out your own niche, your specific niche, before going into elective service," said George P., "I've taken that to heart, and I've followed it."

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