Of all the endorsements that have been made in this election season, the strangest is the Statesman’s endorsement of conservative businessman David Watts for Land Commissioner, who wants to stop educating the children of illegal immigrants, even though the state is required by law to do so. Watts’ opponent is George P. Bush, who at one time last year–as brief as it was–was the talk of the upcoming elections. No more–Bush has been no ball of fire since he first emerged as a statewide candidate.
Here’s what the Statesman says about him:
There may be more substance to Bush than what we’ve seen on Facebook, YouTube and his campaign website, but those are poor substitutes for an in-depth interview. And the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush has given very few of those to any outlets, even over the course of his recent bus tour of East and South Texas. Reports from the field suggest the bus tour has been comprised of short speeches, no audience questions, some small talk with voters, quick interviews with local media and then on to the next event. We tried nine times via phone and email to reach Bush’s campaign, with no response.
If you want to run a bad campaign, Bush is setting the example. He dilly-dallied around trying to decide what office he wanted to run for prior to committing to land commissioner, which he believed was the path of least resistance. He also had the opportunity to help his party move toward the center and be more welcoming to Hispanics. It’s too early to say whether Bush has a bright future, but one has to be skeptical about someone who so far has traded on the family name. Is this all there is?
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