George P. Bush, Jeb Bush’s son, is running to be Texas Attorney General.
He has attempted to paint himself as a supporter of President Donald Trump — even seeking Trump’s endorsement.
GOP voters aren’t buying it.
A new report is outlining how the Bush name has become politically toxic.
His ubiquitous name recognition is emerging as a liability in the Republican party. George P. Bush, who currently serves as the state’s land commissioner, is trailing Paxton in polls. Some of the top reasons Republican voters are reluctant about him are his ties to his family’s center-right political leanings and his own past policy positions.
Bush said those attacks are led by Paxton and don’t reflect the support he has seen on the campaign trail. The sitting attorney general’s ads against Bush focus on labeling him a RINO — Republican in name only — and linking him to his famous family.
Christin Bentley, a Texas voter, pointed out that politicians like Bush say one thing on the campaign trail — but don’t fight once they are elected.
“What drives me crazy about people like George P. Bush and the establishment is that they just want to focus on slogans like ‘Keep Texas red’ and they don’t seem to understand that in order to do that, we have to really fight hard,” said Texas voter Christin Bentley.
“Right now, we need people who are not afraid of controversy and be very aggressive in protecting the rights of Texans and not politically correct kind of people,” added Bentley
The first round of the Republican primary was a four-way race — Ken Paxton got 42% of the vote and George P. Bush got 22% of the vote.
Since no candidate got 50% of the vote, a run-off election between the top two candidates comes next.
Ken Paxton and George P. Bush will compete in the run-off election on May 24th.