The next generation of Texas Republicans
San Antonio Express-News:
Last Tuesday, George P. Bush tweeted the good news.He does not appear to have many challengers at this point, at least ones that can make as big a splash. I think he is a smart guy, who probably has some smart people working to help get him elected. He also probably has access to the Rolodexes of two former Presidents and one former Florida Governor.
“It's official! I filed my paperwork this afternoon to be your Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner — lots of work ahead and excited to potentially serve this Great State! #txlandcomm”
He also uploaded photographic evidence of the occasion on Instagram: a pic of himself wearing a snazzy blue tie, signing the paperwork. It wasn't a professional photo, just a snapshot probably taken by an acquaintance or staffer who captured the moment on the smartphone. Good thing, too, because signing his name while taking one of those arm's-length selfies might have come across as bush league.
By Wednesday morning, TeamGeorgeP had about 130 Instagram likes. His campaign's Facebook page? 117k. Thumbs up!
It's hard not to be hopeful for this guy, and just a tad worried. This is not because of the impact George might have on the General Land Office, either; it's doubtful he'll spend a great deal of time fretting about such stuff as Floyd Mayweather promoting fights in front of the Alamo. He and his GOP backers have eyes on bigger stuff.
He's a young, Spanish-speaking heir to an American political dynasty stepping into the spotlight at precisely the moment that young, Spanish-speaking Republicans are just what the party ordered. But anybody who's been paying attention since Bush 41 referred to his son Jebby's kids as “the little brown ones,” knows George has been heading in this direction for years.
In that spirit, P. Bush refers to himself on georgepfor texas.org as “part of the next generation of Texas leaders.” Even if he never wins a public office, his bio shows that he's well-established in business and political circles and very, very busy.
Before he went to law school, he taught at-risk kids in Miami; then he worked on Uncle George's presidential campaign and became a lawyer. Then, after he became a lawyer, he joined the Naval Reserve and spent some time in Afghanistan. He's also involved in at least a couple of political action committees.