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George P Bush begins political career with win

2014-03-05 12:03

Fort Worth - George P Bush took the first step toward continuing his family's political dynasty on Tuesday, shaking off an under-funded primary challenger and securing the Republican nomination for the little-known but powerful post of Texas land commissioner.
 
The 37-year-old Fort Worth attorney is the grandson of former President George H W  Bush, nephew of former President and Texas Governor George W Bush, and son of ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush who is frequently mentioned as a possible Republican White House hopeful in 2016.

He's also a Spanish speaker whose mother Columba was born in Mexico and who Republican leaders state-wide long have touted as key to wooing voters among Texas' booming Hispanic population.

"We don't have to change our conservative principles to win, we just need to change our tactics", said Bush, who spoke English and Spanish to the crowd at his victory party at a Fort Worth Mexican restaurant. His mother was among the attendees.

He noted that his campaign travelled to numerous heavily Hispanic areas, including making several trips to the Texas-Mexico border.

Tuesday's result was never in doubt. There was no incumbent running and Bush used his American political-royalty surname to raise more than $3.5m while his opponent, East Texas businessman David Watts, could barely afford to travel the state.

Bush immediately becomes the overwhelming favourite in November against Democratic nominee and former El Paso Mayor John Cook. A Democrat hasn't captured state-wide office in Texas in 20 years.

The land commissioner administers Texas’s vast, state-owned lands and mineral resources, and it's a post that can be a stepping stone to higher office. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was land commissioner before winning his current job.

Bush taught school in inner-city Miami before earning a law degree from the University of Texas and clerking for a federal judge. He later founded a capital company in Fort Worth and, in 2010, served an eight-month tour in Afghanistan with US Naval Intelligence under an assumed name.

Comments
  • OrbitingTeapot - 2014-03-05 12:21

    Oh please god no!

      Robert Sidney - 2014-03-05 12:33

      LOL, I was having the same thought. Not another one of these idiots!

      Sht Stirrer - 2014-03-05 16:24

      Strange as it may be, this one actually may be intelligent. His credentials in the last paragraph are quite impressive.

  • Breinlekkasie - 2014-03-05 12:28

    If only we can get these veteran soldiers, lawyers and journalists out of the politics and get economists and mathematicians in the politics things will improve considerably.

      Louis Krüger - 2014-03-05 12:42

      Economist in politics? You must be joking. They are the worst of them all.

  • Mark Russell - 2014-03-05 12:42

    Oh crap! For some reason the yanks can't help themselves when there is a bush on the ballot paper. This family is a scientific phenomenon. The only mental Black holes still alive

  • Gungets Tuft - 2014-03-05 13:14

    Conclusive proof that evolution is not always progressive. Just another member of the Lucky Sperm Club. It's mind boggling, of 150 million swimmers, in 3 generations, the world got George Bush senior, GWB, Jeb, and now this oke. Eeeisch.

      Muhali Nethavhani - 2014-03-05 14:00

      bush and war go hand in hand.i feel sorry for one unlucky middle east country.the bush is coming

  • Johnny B Goode - 2014-03-05 15:11

    America's not so royal family. Teach primary school. Get a law degree. Go frolick in afghanistan under a pseudonym and Bam! Welcome to the white house Mr President...

  • Johnny B Goode - 2014-03-05 15:20

    Somebody please tell me why the world needs politicians? They are not public servants. They do not serve the public. They act as an elite that very rarely gets punished for their actions unless they manage to piss off other more powerful politicians. There is no right and wrong for them. Instead they ask themselves: 'How does this benefit me?'

      Johnny B Goode - 2014-03-05 15:25

      People are the most sought after resource in this world. Not oil and not diamonds. Churches vie for their attention and money so much so that there are over 30000 denominations in xtianity alone. Politicians do exactly the same:promise you something great in 'the future'.

      Johnny B Goode - 2014-03-05 15:29

      You learn almost next to nothing in 12 years of school apart from 'authority is always right' and to stand out as an individual is risky and not to be desired. Conformism from an early age.

      Johnny B Goode - 2014-03-05 15:30

      Then when you finally start working and get children you realize you've been put on a consumer treadmill for the rest of your life and the only way to survive is to spend the rest of your life paying of your debts. We have been sold a fake reality and as a consolation prize a fake afterlife too.

  • Jaco Du Plessis - 2014-03-05 15:39

    O no, not another Bush please!

  • Dane Herbst - 2014-03-05 22:07

    American government , pulling the wool over your eyes since 1776, lol, dam they know how to keep the power tova selected few

  • Sattva2 - 2014-03-06 07:23

    Oh crap - another Bush!

  • Deon Pretorius - 2014-03-06 10:43

    Third time lucky. This one will probably end the world.

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