In the race for Land Commissioner, voters must choose a new steward over the vast public holdings of the General Land Office, managing acres upon acres of land both rich in minerals and value. The Commissioner must figure out how exactly to do this, but he also is tasked with presiding over a plethora of important State Boards, specifically a pair managing broad issues relating to Education and Veterans, respectively.
First, this board examined George P. Bush, an attorney from the Dallas area. However, what readers will most notably know Bush from is his extended family pedigree. His father, Jeb Bush, was the Governor the Florida. His uncle, George W. Bush, was the 43rd President. His grandfather, George H.W. Bush, was the 41st President. We have serious misgivings about a political amateur running for such a powerful, Statewide post, and we do not think Bush makes up for these weaknesses because of his family (whom this board has never been so fond of in the first place).
However, our strongest objections with Bush end at his short resume. We believe that he has run a great campaign, especially when juxtaposed against his compatriots in the Republican party. Whether this has been his strong mastery of educational issues or those affecting our veterans, or finding a reasonable voice in those disputes of environmental concern, Bush has continued to surprise us as a new leader in perhaps a more centrist wing of the party, one we so desperately long for.
I does help, however, that Bush’s opponent –David Watts– is the epitome of the exact partisan excesses we wish to see far less of in today’s Republican party. A key platform of Watts’ campaign has been “fighting back” against a ludicrous and frankly fabricated allegation that the United Nations is engaged in a nefarious plot to take over and administer the Alamo. Such absurdities are unfit for one vying to become a public servant.
Our admiration of Bush, however, comes from more than just the simple process of elimination that has guided most of our endorsements in previous Republican primaries. We have been especially impressed by his leadership on the energy issue, where he is one of the only Republicans to admit something must be done to both protect our natural landscape and ward off the harmful excesses of unchecked drilling. On immigration and Hispanic outreach, Bush has repeatedly blasted his party for “ignorant” comments. This stands in stark contrast to Watts, who recently suggested that the State stop educations Mexican-American children at public schools, a rather cruel and unrealistic solution.
Accordingly, we endorse George P. Bush in the Republican primary for Land Commissioner. John Cook is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
The Texpatriate Editorial Board is comprised of Noah M. Horwitz & Olivia Arena of Austin, Sophia Arena of Houston, George Bailey of Boston and Andrew Scott Romo of New Orleans. Editorials represent a majority of the voting board.