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George P. Bush: New Kid on the Political Block

Monday, 26 Jul 2010 01:44 PM

By Dan Weil

The Bush family has a political star in the making from its fourth generation: George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

George P. is co-founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, a political action committee. The group’s goal is to elect Hispanic Republicans throughout the state, where Hispanics make up 37 percent of the population.

The PAC seeks to change a balance that has about 35 Hispanic Democrats in the Texas Legislature, compared with zero Republicans.

George P., 34, is a property developer and lawyer in Texas.

His great-grandfather Prescott was a senator from Connecticut. His grandfather George H.W. was president from 1989-1993, and his uncle George W. followed in 2001-2009.

The Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC was created in September and launched publicly last week. George P. was unable to attend the ceremony because he was in Iraq as part of his duty as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve.

He certainly has the bloodlines for political stardom. George P.’s father Jeb was quite popular in his 1999-2007 tenure as Florida’s governor.

The younger Bush, a college football star, speaks Spanish, and his mother Columba hails from Mexico.

His national political experience started at the age of 12, when he spoke in support of his grandfather at the 1988 Republican National Convention. George P. also drew plaudits in his work campaigning for his uncle George W. in the presidential campaigns of 2000 and 2004.

He spoke in favor of immigration reform, drawing Hispanic voters at the risk of displeasing conservatives.

George P.’s potential hasn’t been lost on political pundits.

“A Republican candidate that was popular with Hispanics and the party base would be a force to be reckoned with — not just in Texas, but nationally,” writes Jeb Golinkin on Frum Forum.

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