Jeb Bush's son running for Texas land commissioner
George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, made a video announcement that he's running for Texas land commissioner in the 2014 election. Here's more from the Associated Press:
A Spanish-speaking attorney and consultant based in Fort Worth, Bush is considered a rising star among conservative Hispanics, and his political pedigree is hard to match. He is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and the nephew of former President George W. Bush.
Bush unveiled a new campaign website with a “George P. Bush for Land Commissioner” logo and featuring a three-minute video in which he says, “Texas is an exceptional state because we as Texans are exceptional.”
In the video, Bush describes spending the last few months traveling the state and having hundreds of conversations with a variety of people, but says he kept returning to the advice of his grandmother — former first lady Barbara Bush, whom he calls “Ganny.” Bush says she taught him the importance of public service.
“If you believe, as I do, that Texas is truly an exceptional place with a rich heritage and a future of unbound potential, than I ask for your support as I run for Texas land commissioner in 2014,” Bush said.
Bush filed paperwork last November with the Texas Ethics Commission signifying he would seek statewide office in 2014, but he did not say which office he would seek. That touched off rumors he could try to become attorney general or even governor.
But Bush spokesman Trey Newton told the Associated Press that Bush spoke with current Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson late Monday before amending his previously filed Ethic Commission forms a day later. Paterson already has announced he’s leaving the post to run for lieutenant governor.