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If money's a show of strength, George P. Bush — who's angling for statewide office — just came out swinging.
The Associated Press reports that Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, raised more than $1.3 million from Nov. 7 to Dec. 31.
Bush's considerable haul came partly from family members and figures with political ties to the Bushes. According to the AP, Jeb Bush and former President George W. Bush, the younger Bush's uncle, each donated $50,000. Prolific GOP donors like Houston homebuilder Bob Perry and Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons also contributed.
Though Bush hasn't decided yet which statewide office to seek, he has said recently that he'll likely make a play for land commissioner.
In an interview with the Tribune's Ross Ramsey, he said he was flattered to have his name floated for "everything from governor to ag commissioner" but explained why the land office was likely his top choice.
"Being both a business guy in asset management and being an attorney is a good background skill set to approach the office," Bush said. "Secondly, you’re head of veterans affairs, and I’d be the only veteran looking at statewide offices currently."
Asked about the state of the GOP in Texas, Bush said he would be able to woo both mainstream Republicans and Tea Party conservatives.
"I’ve always held the position that they can both peacefully coexist," he said. "I think our candidacy, in a unique way, is able to navigate both."
In doing so, Bush said, his campaign would "take a page out of Ted Cruz’s playbook and engage the grassroots and the activists within the party throughout the state."
Check out the full interview here.
Compiled from Tribune reports
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