George P. Bush filed papers to run for state office in Texas on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. The move came a day after Mitt Romney lost the presidential election. One perceived failure of the Romney campaign was the failure to capture the Hispanic vote in 2012. Fox News reveals Hispanics made up 10 percent of the national turnout. Of those, 71 percent voted for Obama. Bush has name recognition in addition to a Hispanic background as he begins his first run for state office.
How did the media find out about Bush's aspirations?
Bush said in September his ultimate goal was to run for office, according to the Dallas Morning News. The story states no one expected him to start this soon. Mark McKinnon, a Bush family adviser, nicknamed the aspiring politician "47" in relation to the future presidential succession number. Ana Navarro, a friend of Bush's, said a new exploratory committee was just formed in Texas. She proclaimed in a Tweet, "Young, pragmatic, Hispanic, just what GOP needs."
Who is Bush related to, an indication of what may be his ultimate political ambition?
Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. He is also the nephew of former president George W. Bush and the grandson of George H.W. Bush. It is unknown at this time what office the 36-year-old is going after, although the Dallas Star-Telegram speculates he may want the comptroller position. The form filled out is regarding a campaign treasurer appointment, a move needed under campaign finance law.
How is George P. Bush of Hispanic descent?
The young Bush's mother was born in Mexico and then married into the powerful political family, according to Knight-Ridder. George P. Bush is the oldest of three siblings. Noelle is his sister and Jebby is his brother. The future candidate's mother's name is Columba.
What jobs has the young man held?
The aspiring Texas Republican is a lawyer by trade and by education. He served as a Navy reservist in Afghanistan in 2011 as a naval intelligence officer. Bush graduated from Rice University before earning his law degree from the University of Texas. Afterward, the young man was a clerk for a federal judge. Bush then became partners in investment firms before founding St. Augustine Partners, a company that invests in oil companies in Texas. The young man is a founding member and chairman of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, the first such group in Texas for the GOP. Bush currently lives in the Fort Worth area.
William Browning is a research librarian specializing in U.S. politics.
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