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Bush dynasty likely to end in Texas Mar. 6

Posted by on | March 4, 2018 | No Comments

George “P” Bush loss on Tuesday would end left-lurching family’s political influence

The U.K.‘s Guardian runs an in-depth report on the downward trajectory of George Prescott Bush, who appeared to be riding the family dynasty to political stardom when he was elected Texas Land Commissioner four years ago. The position, which manages all state lands, plays a significant role in Texas.

The appealing, 41-year-old lawyer son of losing 2016 presidential nominee Jeb! and Columba, a Mexican-born mother, was riding high, outpacing his rivals in fundraising and campaign spending. Bush spent $2 million on his campaign between Jan. 26 and Feb. 24, and still has $1.4 million on hand in the waning days of his campaign.

But Bush fatigue has kicked in after a 70-year dynasty that began with his great-grandfather, Prescott, and continued with his grandfather and uncle, each named George — known as Bush 41 and 43 — both being elected president of the United States. His father, governor of Florida, failed in his quest to make that a presidential trifecta.

Known familiarly as “P,” Bush, who is fluent in Spanish, faces three Republican challengers in the March 6 primary, who have attacked his record on the renovation of the Alamo, Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and his management of the Land Commissioner’s office. He’s been outed for a deceptive mailer aimed at veterans, falsely claiming he is a “retired” Navy officer.

Conservative Jerry Patterson, George P. Bush’s predecessor and closest rival has also called him out for his haughty and unexplained absences from numerous candidate forums.

The younger Bush, who campaigned for Mitt Romney,  has been referred to as “low energy,” the same term then-presidential candidate Donald Trump used successfully to diminish George P’s father.

But as the old adage goes, “politics makes strange bedfellows.” Despite his father, uncle and grandfather all saying they would not vote for Donald Trump, George P. shrewdly ended up endorsing Trump for President and Trump is returning the favor in a state that strongly supported him.

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