Texas Land Commission, George P. Bush on Wednesday announced his candidacy to become state attorney general.
Bush is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the only member of the Bush family to be a declared supporter of former President Donald Trump. If Bush is successful, he would overthrow current GOP Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose tenure was mired in corruption scandals long before he helped lead an effort to overturn the presidential election results. 2020 in favor of Trump.
“We have a web of corruption and lies that affects one of the highest offices in our country and it is time for a change,” Bush told supporters in Austin. “I am proud to announce that I am a Republican candidate to be the next Attorney General of Texas … I am doing it because enough is enough, Ken. You have brought too much scandal and too little integrity to this office. . “
“We need an attorney general who is above reproach, not charged with securities fraud and under FBI investigation for bribes and corruption,” he continued. “We need an attorney general piling up photos of hardened criminals, gangs and networks in our state, not an attorney general piling up photos of himself.”
Bush supports Trump despite the former president mercilessly attacking his father and other family members during the 2016 GOP presidential primaries. Matthew Dowd, former President George’s 2004 campaign chief strategist W. Bush called young Bush’s support for Trump a “really sad story” in a CNN interview Wednesday, accusing him of “abandoning” his family to “suck Donald Trump.”
Trump has repeatedly called Jeb Bush “low energy” during the primaries. Even after winning the presidency as a Republican, there didn’t seem to be any love lost between Trump and most of the Bush family. Trump bragged about usurping the ‘Bush dynasty’ in a 2018 tweet, while former President George HW Bush was quoted as calling Trump a ‘hard blow’ in a 2017 book written by the historian Presidential Mark K. Updegrove.
Either way, George P. Bush made sure his support for Trump did not go unnoticed in a campaign ad released Wednesday. The ad features a clip of Bush shaking hands with the former president while saying “like President Trump, I will not stand idly by while our freedoms are under attack.” Bush also mentioned Trump during his campaign announcement speech.
“President Trump was absolutely right when he said, ‘Empty the swamp’, does anyone remember that? Because we have way too much corruption in Washington, DC,” said Bush to the crowd at one point, eliciting a lukewarm response. “Where else can someone like Hunter Biden get fabulously rich and jeopardize national security at the same time?”
News week has contacted the Texas General Land Office for comment.