Could George P. Bush Be Next GOP star?

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Nov. 24 2012 3:37 PM

Will George P. Bush Be the Next Republican Star?

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George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans

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Another Bush seems to be getting ready for his turn in the limelight with what appear to be pretty clear signs of a candidacy in Texas. George Prescott Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and newphew of former president George W. Bush, has already filed all the preliminary paperwork to run for office in Texas in 2014, reports Politico. His father already e-mailed supporters last week, saying his son will most likely to run for Texas land commissioner, seen as a key position that could provide a good stepping stone for the young Bush.  

The Houston Chronicle has reported that some Texas Republicans are already excited about the prospects of his candidacy. And it’s little wonder. In a lot of ways, the 36-year-old attorney seems to be exactly what the GOP needs at a time when many in the party are debating how to attract younger, more diverse voters. George P. Bush is Hispanic, speaks fluent Spanish, has served in Afghanistan in the U.S. Navy, and has worked at recruiting young voters. “The two areas that we, as a party, are weakest in are areas he’s been focused on for well over two years,” a Republican consultant told the Chronicle, referring to his work at attracting young voters and Hispanics.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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