George P. Bush Runs for Office in Texas
George P. Bush is officially running for Texas land commissioner — ending months of speculation about which statewide office the grandson of one former president and nephew of another planned to seek.
An attorney from Fort Worth and Spanish-speaker whose mother, Columba Bush, is originally from Mexico, Mr. Bush is considered a rising star among conservative Hispanics.
Mr. Bush, 36 years old, is the son of Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who is considered a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate. He is the nephew of former President George W. Bush and the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.
George P. Bush’s spokesman, Trey Newton, told the Associated Press that Mr. Bush spoke with current Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson before filing the official paperwork Tuesday. Land commissioner can be a stepping stone to higher office in Texas. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst served in the post before winning his current job.
Mr. Bush unveiled a new campaign website and featuring a three-minute video in which he says, ”Texas is an exceptional state because we as Texans are exceptional.”
Mr. Bush has been working to use his Maverick PAC to tap a new generation of 20- to 30-something donors that haven’t been actively involved in the Republican Party.