Letter says George P. Bush is running for Texas Land Commissioner

Letter says George P. Bush is running for Texas Land Commissioner

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JUNE 18: George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2011 Republican Leadership Conference features keynote addresses from most of the major republican candidates for president as well as numerous republican leaders from across the country. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)




Posted on November 14, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 14 at 3:52 PM

About a week after George P. Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission hinting at a run for political office, the Tampa Bay Times has published a letter penned by his father, former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, announcing that his son is indeed seeking the state office of Land Commissioner.

The former Florida governor wrote the letter to supporters asking them to contribute to his son's campaign. It also listed the address of his Fort Worth-based office.

"Last week, George P. opened a campaign account to explore the opportunity to run for statewide office in Texas. I am writing to ask that you consider making a personal contribution as he begins his quest for public service," the letter says.

The Texas Land Commissioner, the oldest elected position in the state's history, carries a four-year-term and is responsible for overseeing state assets as well as mineral rights. 

But important politically for the younger Bush is that he would be running for an open office.  Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said he is running for Lt. Governor in the March 2014 GOP primary, regardless of whether Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst runs for reelection.

With Patterson leaving, George P. Bush would not be challenging an incumbent, who often wins money and endorsements from political action committees and donors if they view the incumbent’s record favorably.

Bush, 36, heads the St. Augustine Partners, a real estate investment firm located in the northeast corner of downtown Fort Worth. He filed the 'appointment of a campaign treasurer' form with the Texas Ethics Commission last week. Other than that filing, however, he kept mum, declining comment to WFAA's Brad Watson. 

Bush also launched a campaign website this week, which lists Fort Worth philanthropist Kit Moncrief as campaign treasurer.

Moncrief is president of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame as well as vice president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation. She's a board member of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Texas Ballet Theater. 

Neither Bush nor Moncrief could be reached for immediate comment Wednesday. Bush is also the nephew of former President George W. Bush.

WFAA's Brad Watson contributed to this report

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