A grandson of the late President George H.W. Bush launched a congressional bid Monday in Texas, whereas aligning himself with President Trump to leap right into a crowded Republican subject for the suburban Houston seat.
Pierce Bush, at the moment the CEO of the Large Brothers Large Sisters’ Texas affiliate, informed reporters he deliberate to speak up his nonprofit work, not his household title, in his bid to switch retiring GOP Rep. Pete Olson, NPR reported.
Bush, 33, is ready to be a part of one of the crowded congressional races within the 2020 election. At the very least 14 different Republicans have been vying for Olson’s seat, which Democrats practically flipped in 2018 and had been focusing on once more.
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“This isn’t about my household. That is concerning the households of the 22nd Congressional District,” Bush mentioned.
In his announcement video, he mentioned the nation has been on the “brink of dropping a technology to an concept that socialism and free stuff are the solutions for his or her future.”
In an interview with The Related Press, Bush, who has not lived within the district he hoped to characterize, backed Trump’s insurance policies.
“While you have a look at the choice initially, how will you be something however a supporter of the president’s insurance policies?” he mentioned. “I look ahead to being a accomplice in Washington, and talking in fact with my very own voice, however supporting the president’s agenda.”
Considered one of his GOP rivals, former Border Patrol agent Greg Hill, mentioned he had “robust doubts about any candidate who would attempt to parachute into our district and purchase this seat.”
Bush, whose father is Texas businessman Neil Bush, did not point out Trump in his announcement. The president has had a fraught historical past with the Bush household at greatest.
Within the ebook “The Final Republicans,” the 41st president mentioned of Trump, “I do not like him,” earlier than famously calling him a “blowhard.” He additionally mentioned he voted for Hillary Clinton within the 2016 presidential election.
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Trump mocked former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the course of the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, calling him “low vitality.” Throughout a go to to Texas earlier this yr, he launched George P. Bush, a Texas land commissioner, as “the one Bush that likes me.”
Whereas discussing Trump, Pierce Bush criticized the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry towards the president, calling it “an attack-at-all-costs politics.”