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‘Next Bush’ Files Campaign Documents In Texas

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - A Texas official says a nephew of former President George W. Bush has made a campaign filing that is required for someone to run for office in his home state.

The 36-year-old George P. Bush, who lives in Fort Worth and is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, said in September his goal was to run for office. It is unclear as to which office he is intending to run for.

Tim Sorrells, general counsel for the Texas Ethics Commission, told the Associated Press that on Wednesday Bush filed a campaign treasurer appointment, which is required for someone to become a candidate under campaign finance law.

Jim McGrath, a Bush-Family confidant, says the younger Bush was waiting for the right time before running for political office.

“I think he was paying his dues, in a manner of speaking,” said McGrath on KRLD. “He felt like he owed the party something. First and foremost, he felt like he owed the country something.”

McGrath pointed to Bush’s time spent in the Navy Reserves as a member of their intelligence unit, where he served overseas.

Many see Bush as a critical part of the Republican Party moving forward, especially amongst the Hispanic community. In winning re-election, President Barack Obama secured 71 percent of the Hispanic vote nationwide, according to CBS News exit polls.

Bush’s mother is Mexican, and the entire family is fluent in Spanish.

“He’s been traveling, not only throughout Texas, but around the country trying to conduct the Hispanic outreach that a lot of people these days thinks the Republican Party desperately needs” said McGrath.

Bush helped to create the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, a group geared at getting more Latinos in the state to join the GOP.

He currently runs a consulting firm in Fort Worth.

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