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George P. Bush Packs Political Ambitions Onto Bus

Updated: Wednesday, January 15 2014, 11:58 AM CST

George P. Bush has packed his political ambitions onto a bus that he hopes will carry him to a new job in the family business.

The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is riding a customized campaign bus across the state to gin up support for his campaign for Texas land commissioner.

He's seeking to become the third generation of his familiar family to hold elective office in the Lone Star State. His grandfather, former President George H. W. Bush, served as a U.S. congressman from 1967 to 1971. His uncle, former President George W. Bush, was elected governor twice before graduating to the White House.

"Well, for me it was not a question of 'if,' it was really a question of 'when,'" the 37-year-old former school teacher, Navy veteran, and real estate investor told a crowd at the tour kickoff in Pasadena on Tuesday.

He's facing only one challenger in the GOP primary to succeed outgoing Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson: East Texas business consultant David Watts, also a neophyte to Texas politics born with a famous name (it is, after all, the lead track on the Kinks' 1967 album Something Else by the Kinks).

The contrasts between the candidates are palpable. Watts is a tea party conservative running as a grassroots outsider. While Bush tours Texas in a large bus emblazoned with his portrait, Watts is crisscrossing the state in a pickup truck. He's also suggested hardline policies such as denying education to children of illegal immigrants. Bush, whose mother was born in Mexico, has not strayed far from his family's historical support for bipartisan immigration reform.

Whichever candidate wins the March primary will face former El Paso Mayor John Cook, who's running unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

George P. Bush Packs Political Ambitions Onto Bus

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