George P. Bush
George P. Bush (April 24, 1976) is an attorney and veteran of the Afghanistan War who is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush, and the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.
In 2014, George P. Bush handily won the Republican nomination for land commissioner against the more conservative David Watts. He then secured a landslide victory in the general election. Considered to have presidential ambitions, Bush could have challenged a Republican incumbent in his primary by running for the United States Senate (against Ted Cruz), for Attorney General (to replace Ken Paxton), Lieutenant Governor (against Dan Patrick), or even challenge Governor Greg Abbott. Instead he is a candidate for re-nomination in the Republican primary on March 6, 2018.
In the primary, Bush faces three challengers The best known of the challengers is Jerry Patterson, who ran in 2014 without success in a bid for lieutenant governor against Dan Patrick, the winner of the contest, and two other intra-party candidates, then incumbent David Dewhurst and then outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Douglas Todd Staples. He also faces a challenge from another conservative, land surveyor Davey Edwards of Decatur in Wise County north of Fort Worth. Edwards is basing his campaign on his work in land management and his opposition to Bush's plan to "re-imagine" the Alamo, the former Roman Catholic mission in San Antonio which the Mexican Army toppled on March 6, 1836, with the slaughter of all 187 Texan defenders. Edwards favors only routine maintenance of the structure, not the massive reorganization proposed by Bush which would entail removal of the cenotaph to Alamo defenders. Bush critics claim that the changes would lead to political correctness issues because some of the Alamo defenders were slaveholders. A fourth primary candidate is retired educator and firefighter Richard Lynn "Rick" Range (born 1952) of Garland in Dallas County, who is writing a book on the Alamo and also opposes Bush's "re-imagine" campaign.
On the same day as its primary endorsement of Bush for re-nomination as land commissioner, The Express-News reported that Bush's name is not found on records for his 4,000-square-foot house in an exclusive gated community in west Austin. The house was purchased in 2014 by the San Houston Trust, which received an $850,000 mortgage loan from a bank owned by Brandon Steele, a political donor to both Jeb and George P. Bush. The Express-News said that Bush violated no law in shielding the ownership of his property, but an office-seeker must legally disclose any "beneficial interest" in real estate or loans exceeding $1,000.
Miguel Suazo, an energy attorney in Austin and a former aide to former U.S. Senators Pete Domenici and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, carries the endorsement of The Express-News' for the Democratic nomination for land commissioner.
- Peggy Fikac, "Predecessor will challenge Bush, citing Alamo project: GOP primary fight ahead, San Antonio Express-News, December 10, 2017, pp. 1, A4.
- Alamo activist challenging Bush in Land Commissioner's race. Usnews.com (November 1, 2017). Retrieved on December 10, 2017.
- Alexandra Maton, "Bush did not disclose home, loan," San Antonio Express-News, February 17, 2018, pp. 1, SA15.
- Susan Pope, publisher: "Ortiz Jones, Hurd in 23rd District, San Antonio Express-News, February 17, 2018, p. A16.