Like his father, uncle and grandfather, George P. Bush is running for political office. If, as expected, he is elected Texas Land Commissioner, he will be the only Bush to have won his first campaign. And most believe it will not be his last run for elected office.
“This election is George P. Bush’s coming-out party in Texas politics. George P. Bush views himself as providing the bridge to the future of the Republican Party,” Mark P. Jones, the head of the Rice University political science department, told The Washington Post
In Texas, many see Bush, the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, as the "bridge" from one generation of Bushes to the next.
"His background in finance and law, and his years within a political family, give Bush polish beyond his years. If he approaches the office with the balance he has promised, he could be a bridge between his party and his generation," said the Dallas Morning News in its endorsement
of him to serve in one of the more powerful statewide offices.
Also running are Democrat and former El Paso mayor John Cook, Libertarian Justin Knight and Green Party candidate Valerie Alessi.
"Until you put your name on the side of a bus, or on a placard, or on the ballot, it is a different level of sacrifice and one which I take seriously," said Bush in an interview with ABC News.
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Like his uncle George W. Bush did when running for president, George P. Bush stresses the bipartisan nature of governing in Texas, saying, "We work with Democrats. We work with Republicans of all stripes in order to make our state move forward."
“People know the name, it has very positive resonance in Texas, even more positive than George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush. He’s young, he’s good-looking, but there’s nothing substantive yet about him. He’s an empty vessel. As he develops, he’ll flesh out the substance of his political character," Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Texas, told Fox News Latino
George P. Bush does not easily fit into the mold of either his father, or his uncle. For example, he has adopted more conservative positions, including firm opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, as well as efforts to defund Obamacare, reports Fox News Latino.
Conversely, he is more moderate on immigration, favoring proposals that allow children of illegal immigrants to attend public universities and paying the tuition rate that is also paid by state residents.
As land commissioner, his views on the environment and energy will be front and center.
Bush has not staked out a firm position on climate change, telling ABC News when asked his views on human influence on global warming that there "is the question of whether it is man-made, but I will leave that to the scientists." When pressed on the issue, he acknowledged there "is a wide range" of views.
In his campaign for land commissioner, the lawyer and member of the US Naval Reserve has taken an "all of the above" approach to energy.
While he would not take a firm stance on global warming, Bush does say he favors "the responsible stewardship of our resources and the reasonable drilling of oil and natural gas on public lands" and argues that "the days of false choices between protecting the environment and promoting jobs are over," according to his website
While Bush's first public appearance was his address to the Republican National Convention at the age of 12, the 38-year-old did make an earlier entry of sorts onto the political scene.
In 1988, then-vice president George H.W. Bush indelicately mentioned "Jebby's kids from Florida, the little brown ones," a reference to George P. Bush and his two siblings, according to a 1988 Los Angeles Times article
Columba Bush, George P. Bush's mother, is Mexican.
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