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George Prescott Bush, Yes, ANOTHER One, Considering Run for State Office

Honestly, I thought George Foreman had a lot of Georges in his family, but now I'm beginning to wonder if the Bush clan doesn't have him beat. First there was George H.W. Bush, then George W. Bush. Now, there's George P. Bush (maybe even P.G. if you count his second middle name), son to Jeb and grandson to H.W. Confused yet?

Anyway, George P. is a lawyer in Fort Worth and he is considering taking aim at the old family legacy: politics, in this case Texas Land Commissioner, which may not sound like much, but it packs quite the political wallop.

According to a story on the Huffington Post Web site, George P. has yet to decide if he'll throw his 10-gallon hat in the ring for a specific post, but he does have political aspirations and many Republicans believe that because he is half Mexican (his mother, Columba, was born in Mexico), he could help bridge the gap between Mexican voters and the GOP.

Instead, he spoke of how his past experience as an asset manager would help him manage the Permanent Schools Fund, which pays for public education and is managed by the land commissioner. He also said his perspective as an Afghanistan war veteran will help him use the post to become a leader in veterans' affairs.

Bush said he would announce his final decision after the Texas Legislature adjourns in May but added that his choice will depend "where the governor's thinking is." Perry, who flamed out as a presidential candidate but remains popular in Texas, says he'll reveal this summer if he will seek another term.

Some have speculated that Bush could challenge Perry for governor - and even if he doesn't, what Perry decides will trigger political dominos falling.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson plans to run for lieutenant governor next year, creating a vacancy in his office. But Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, may himself run for governor in 2014, meaning his post could be open too.

On the whole Hispanics still vote predominantly Democratic even if that means voting against a candidate with similar ethnic heritage, so it is questionable whether someone with George P.'s background would have much success making inroads into a community that has largely spurned the GOP, particularly sporting his surname.

But, one thing is certain, there's a new Bush in town with a new initial and, like the Kennedys, they just won't seem to go away.


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