George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and scion of the Bush family political dynasty, told a gathering of Texas Republicans Saturday the time has come to put aside primary bitterness and skepticism over Donald Trump’s candidacy and to support the real estate mogul’s campaign for the White House.
Mr. Bush currently serves as the Land Commissioner for Texas. He recently accepted the role of Victory Chairman for the state of Texas, a position which empowers him to direct GOP fundraising and efforts to produce Republican voter turnout in the state for the November elections.
Although the younger Bush offered no formal endorsement of the New York businessman during his address, the state’s GOP leader told the audience:
“From Team Bush, it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but you know what? You get back up and you help the man that won, and you make sure that we stop Hillary Clinton.”
Bush’s appointment at the end of May to lead the state Republican Party came as somewhat of a surprise in face of the refusal of former presidents George H.W. and George W. to support Trump, and the primary campaign bitterness between Trump and father Jeb.
The Texas Land commissioner had been criticized for withholding an endorsement of the GOP nominee, something which Bush explained in June as a reluctance over Trump’s occasional inflammatory rhetoric.
Despite Bush’s reservations, six Republican congressmen representing Texas in the U.S. House have said they will vote for Mr. Trump; and Sen. John Cornyn has taken the step of endorsing Trump.
Cornyn’s Senate colleague, Ted Cruz, also a bitter primary opponent of Trump, has said he will not endorse the GOP nominee.
[The Hill] [Photo courtesy TexasMonthly]