George P. Bush, son of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, is putting his hat in the race for Texas land commissioner even as many have high expectations for the political future of this fourth-generation politician.
More than enough money has been raised for the 37-year-old Republican against the incumbent for an election that many believe he will win handily. Even though he has been encouraged to run for higher state offices such as attorney general or lieutenant governor, he says that in his heart he wants to head the Texas General Land Office,the Los Angeles Times reports.
"I'm focused on one thing and that's running for General Land Office," he told Waco's TV station. "It's flattering to be in that discussion, honestly, but I think my voice is stronger on the issues that [the land office] is dealing with."
As the Latino population grows in Texas, many Democrats are heartened that they may be able to make gains in future elections. But as a young Latino politician with a Mexican mother, Bush may be what the Republican Party needs for the future in Texas, Bush suggested.
"I look forward to fighting that good fight," Bush said at a recent gathering of about 100 at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.
Bush is a Texan native unlike his grandfather and uncle – both former presidents -- who were born in Connecticut. He graduated from Rice University in Houston, and attended law school at the University of Texas in Austin. He has also taught inner-city school kids and served in Afghanistan as a Navy intelligence officer.
Bush endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas when Cruz was still seen as a long-shot candidate last summer.
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