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Latino Daily News

Monday March 5, 2012

George P. Bush, the Latino Nephew, Helping GOP Reach out to Hispanics

George P. Bush, the Latino Nephew, Helping GOP Reach out to Hispanics

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The nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of Jeb Bush, George P. Bush, is making a name for himself in the Republican party with his outreach to the Latino voter.

The Republican Party has been continuously criticized for the negative rhetoric about immigration and the tendency to over look the Latino voter – well nephew Bush is trying to change all that.  He is the co-founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas Political Action Committee, which aims to advance Hispanics within the ranks of the Republican Party and get Latino voters behind those candidates.

He is a natural for this task not only because of his political lineage but because he is Latino; his mother Columba Garnica Gallo is Mexican.  Bush’s grandparents on his mother’s side were migrant workers.

According to the action committee “Hispanic Republicans of Texas was founded to recruit, train and elect Hispanic Republican candidates to state and local office. Over the past 18 months, HRT has rapidly grown into a political movement assisting those Hispanic leaders called to serve the public good.”

Bush’s position on the DREAM Act and immigration are moderate and left of where most of the current Republican presidential candidates are.  According to an interview with the Texas Tribune, Bush supports portion of the DREAM Act, “including a pathway toward legalization for illegal immigrants they serve in the military.” 

He also advocates the undocumented already in the U.S. be “taken out of the shadows and contribute to society and provide an opportunity to contribute and pay their fair share.”