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George P. Bush files paperwork with Ethics Commission

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George P. Bush, founding board member of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, pauses at the Austin Club on March 1st, 2012. George P. Bush, founding board member of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, pauses at the Austin Club on March 1st, 2012.

by Julián Aguilar

AUSTIN (THE TEXAS TRIBUNE) - George P. Bush, a nephew of former President George W. Bush and a son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission, seemingly in preparation for a run for local or statewide office.

As first reported by The New Republic, Bush filed what is called an "appointment of a campaign treasurer by a candidate" form, which Texas Ethics Commission general Counsel Tim Sorrells said is required of someone who is a candidate.

The report, filed Wednesday, does not indicated which office Bush is eyeing. That won't be evident until Jan. 15, the next deadline for campaign finance reports.

The 36-year-old attorney, who currently resides in Fort Worth, co-founded the Hispanic Republicans of Texas Political Action Committee. He is considered one of the GOP's rising Latino stars and told the Tribune in March that "politics is in his blood." He declined then to speculate about any immediate plans to seek office, although speculation has centered on a run for comptroller.

Bush said that on issues like immigration he was a "George W. Bush Republican" — a moderate who believes that the country should "figure out a way where [people here illegally] can be taken out of the shadows and contribute to society and provide an opportunity to contribute and pay their fair share."

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