The Texas Tribune is reporting that George P. Bush, who had been unofficially leaning towards a bid for Land Commissioner in 2014, has officially announced his intention to run for that office.
Christopher Ewing, erg…I mean, George P. Bush, is seen as first of the fourth generation of the Bush family in politics, and the third generation in Texas politics. The incumbent Land Commissioner, Jerry Patterson, who is running for Lieutenant Governor (after those sharks smelled blood in the water), had kind words for Bush, and seemed like he would be wholeheartedly supporting him. For what it’s worth, I’m really happy that Bush did not seek something like the Governor’s office or AG. The Republicans already have an advantage in prominent Hispanic officeholders, but most of them (including Cruz) are of Cuban ancestry. Bush is of Mexican ancestry, like most Hispanics in Texas. But he will probably be the gubernatorial candidate in 2018, so the Democrats must stand ready.
Hopefully, Mike Villarreal can run for Governor on the Democratic side next year, meaning that the Democrats hold the advantage 2-0 in nominating Hispanic candidates for Governor. And then there’s Castro, but now I’m getting off-topic.
UPDATE: Bush was a website –> here. The Chronicle picked up the story, and reports that he has about $1.3M in campaign cash and is being helped by Karl Rove.
From the San Antonio Express-News:
For Texas Democrats, the 2014 gubernatorial race looks much like last season did for the Houston Astros. They know they’re obligated to show up, but they’d just as soon skip ahead a few years until the picture gets a bit rosier.
Anyways, I thought that was funny. But the article goes on to say that Mike Villarreal is seriously contemplating running for Governor. Except I don’t really think that is true. As you may recall, BOR recently wrote something about possible gubernatorial candidates, including Villarreal. Except, as far as I could tell, they were just pontificating and guesstimating. And the Express-News doesn’t seem to have many other references besides the Austin blog. For what it’s worth, Villarreal seems to have a history of having a ginormous ego, thus, it isn’t too much of a stretch to see him pursuing higher office.
The Express-News did interview the San Antonio-area State Representative, and he reportedly stated being “tickled” by the Austin blog’s idea. But make no mistake, Villarreal got the idea from the blog, the blog didn’t get the idea from Villarreal. Villarreal went on to say that Perry “isn’t doing a respectable job,” and that “the right candidate” in 2014 could get the job done.
I’ll put him down on the election tab as a “maybe” for Governor.
I meant to write this a few days ago. Anyways, BOR had this obnoxious little piece about the gubernatorial candidates. The piece mentioned six gubernatorial candidates (three being defied “on deck” and three as “long shots”). Mike Villarreal (a San Antonio State Rep), Kirk Watson (a Austin State Senator) and Bill White are the ones who are “on deck,” as BOR puts it. Rafael Anchia (a Dallas State Rep), Wendy Davis and Julian Castro are the ones who are less-likely, I suppose. I have a few comments on this.
First, I cannot say that I am surprised that the Austinites have to throw a bone to one of their own. I really like Sen. Watson, for the record, and think he would make a good statewide candidate, but I cannot find any other site which validates this little factoid. However, I seem to remember a very-similar rumour in 2010, which turned out to be completely, totally and utterly false.
Second, I really would not call Bill White “on-deck” for a gubernatorial run, or really anything in politics. Again, I don’t know where they’re getting this info, but even the adults in Houston political blogging haven’t been talking about this. Even if there is some movement about White’s candidacy, I would not venture to call his odds in an echelon above Sen Watson or Mayor Castro.
Finally, most perplexing in my opinion, is how completely different these names are from the ones I’ve been hearing of recent in other blogs. Kuff has been talking about Cecile Richards, Henry Cisneros and Rodney Ellis, and BOR did not even touch upon it. I find this a little perplexing. I’ve had problems with BOR’s reliability in the past, and I generally will trust fellow Houstonians first and foremost, but that’s just me.
Okay, goodnight. Soaking up everything that is Houston right now, leave for Austin on Friday.