Former GOP heir apparent George P. Bush is on fire
George P. Bush, grandson and nephew of two former US presidents and once heir apparent to a GOP dynasty, badly lost last week in his bid to become Texas Attorney General.
Driving the news: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who faces criminal warrants charges and an FBI investigation into separate corruption charges, crushed Bush by more than 35 percentage points in a runoff despite the Bush family’s longstanding connection to Texas politics.
- Bush is finishing his second term as Texas land commissioner and has sought to confront Paxton, a close Trump ally.
- Paxton has denied any wrongdoing related to the allegations against him.
Rollback: George P. Bush came onto the scene in 2000 when his uncle, George W. Bush, ran for president.
- USA Today dubbed him a Hispanic cross between John F. Kennedy Jr. and Ricky Martin. People en Español magazine called him “hunky” and called him a “buzz” among Latinos.
- P, as he was known, gave general statements in Spanish and talked about his uncle’s commitment to immigrant rights.
- Some have even suggested that he could become the the country’s first Hispanic president.
The plot: Son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Mexican-born Columba Bush, George P. Bush once espoused his uncle’s commitment to immigrant rights, but later took a tougher stance as the GOP was moving further to the right.
Yes, but: Bush would be tweet video later of him having a friendly phone conversation with Trump as he wooed him for an endorsement. Asset Paxton approved.
- In his campaign for Texas Attorney General, Bush spoke on the need for more border security and promised to help build Trump’s border wall.
Between the lines: Bush was unpopular in part because of his family’s reputation, according to a investigation of Republican voters conducted in March.
- Texas Republicans have changed further right since the Trump presidency.
What they say : “Bush emerged from the experience not only ready to ignore his family’s defamation, but ready to openly embrace his bully,” the Mexican journalist said. León Krauze wrote for the Washington Post.
- “Bush’s ideological alignment behind Trumpism could be excused as a rather cruel case of political expediency. But there is a deeper side to his transformation that cannot be so easily dismissed.”
Bush said in a statement after his defeat that he “will continue to fight for the rule of law in Texas”.
- “I trust and pray in Governor Abbott’s ability to control the southern border and work to ensure that the justice system and respect for Texas laws are honored and upheld,” Bush wrote.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional details on Bush’s approval among Republicans.
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