AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush's father has issued a fundraising letter asking donors to open their pocketbooks because his son "is considering" running for Texas land commissioner, though a political strategist for the younger Bush said Wednesday that no final decision has been made.
A rising star among Hispanic conservatives, George Prescott Bush is the grandson of one president and nephew of another. He made headlines last week by filing "appointment of a campaign treasurer" forms with the Texas Ethics Commission — the first step toward seeking statewide office.
The forms did not say which office Bush plans to seek. Political strategist Trey Newton would say only that Bush is mulling a run for land commissioner, attorney general or comptroller, most likely in 2014.
The letter from Bush's father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, suggested he had settled on land commissioner, which is often a stepping stone to higher office in Texas.
"The office that George is considering running for is Land Commissioner which oversees the mineral rights, commercial real estate owned and sovereign submerged lands of the state of Texas, as well as veterans' affairs and historic archives," he wrote.
The letter concluded, "What can I say? I am proud of my son. I hope you will write a personal check."
But Newton later issued a clarification: "As Governor Bush stated, George P. is considering running for Texas Land Commissioner, however no firm decision has been made."
"We have said from day one that George P. is looking where he can best serve the state and people of Texas which includes considering Texas Land Commissioner as well as Attorney General, Texas Comptroller and other statewide positions," he said in an emailed statement responding to the letter.
"Right now, the organization is in an exploratory process," Newton continued, "where George P. is travelling the state meeting with Texans about how best to serve."