George P. Bush is taking a prominent position in the Republican Party of Texas, a move that cements his status as a future political star.
Bush, the grandson of Bush 41 and the nephew of Bush 43, will be the party’s deputy finance chairman. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ’s Anna Tinsley dubbed George P. is something of “a rare commodity.”
Son of Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, a Mexican immigrant, George P. Bush has a well-known last name and is an attractive candidate to both white and Hispanic Republican voters.
“He’s a big part of the Republican Party’s future as they would envision it,” said [Cal Jillson, a SMU political science professor]. “They know that Anglos are a shrinking share of the Texas population and the Texas electorate and Hispanics are an increasing share. … They’ll have to add Hispanic voters to the Republican side and they hope he will be one of the people who help with that.”
The 36-year-old’s biography strikes all the right notes (the scion of a political dynasty, law school at UT-Austin, a deployment to Afghanistan with the Navy reserves) and this appointment only leads him further along his political path, something long viewed both as his birthright and inevitable.
The Fort Worth resident boasts “bona fides sure that any veteran operative would covet,” according to an opinion piece that Joe Brettell, a MavPac supporter, wrote on FoxNews.com on August 2.
If he does pursue a national profile, 2012 may be read as the year that George P. Bush quietly laid the groundwork to continue in the family business. His involvement in Maverick Pac aka MavPac, a national organization dedicated to supporting young conservatives and Hispanic Republicans of Texas and devoted to electing conservative Republicans of Hispanic heritage in the Lone Star State, seems to provide the first indication that he’s ready to make a move – on his own terms.
This formidable resume has led veteran political operative Mark McKinnon to (jokingly) christen George P. as “47,” according to a 2010 New York Times magazine profile of Julián Castro.
And George P. has his father’s support if he decides to join the family business and run for office. “I hope he gets involved. I don’t know if he will,” Jeb Bush said at UT-Arlington in March, Tinsley reported. “He’s a special young man, but I’m biased. I’m his dad.”
This move to a formal position within the state Republican Party increases Bush’s “current visibility” and name recognition, Tinsley wrote, although it is unclear how much help he needs with the latter.
He was not coy when discussing his political future with the Texas Tribune ’s Julián Aguilar this March. “I’d love to keep the door open. Politics is in my blood,” he said.