George P. Bush to Texas GOP: Stop 'Ignorant Remarks' About Hispanics

Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 10:47 PM

By Cathy Burke

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George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, denounced “ignorant statements” about Hispanics in the wake of controversial remarks made by a Texas GOP leader.

“If we're going to be successful and be considered credible in the Hispanic community, we’ve got to denounce some of the ignorant statements that are made about Hispanics and the contributions we make, whether it’s to the military, our nation’s economy, or to the history of Texas,” Bush told The Texas Tribune.

Bush, running in a March 4 GOP primary for land commissioner, criticized Denton County Republican Party chairwoman Dianne Edmondson for referring to the all-female Democratic ticket for governor and lieutenant governor, including Wendy Davis, as “abortion Barbie with Hispanic Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as her running mate.”

Davis made headlines in June by staging a filibuster aimed at killing an anti-abortion bill.
The bill passed in July.

Van de Putte is a Latina pharmacist from San Antonio. Her husband is Pete Van de Putte.
“I just think that it’s disappointing that people resort to those types of tactics,” Bush told The Tribune.

In a statement released last week, Texas Democratic Party spokesman Emmanuel Garcia admonished Edmondson for using “disrespectful language towards women and Hispanics,” The Tribune reported.

Bush gave a keynote speech at a GOP event targeted at Hispanic voters.

“For me and my family, it’s not Hispanic outreach. It’s Hispanic inclusion,” said Bush, who is co-founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas political action committee and whose mother was born in Mexico.

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