Photo: George P. Bush (Texas Tribune)
George P. Bush, a Republican candidate for Texas land commissioner, came to the defense of Latino politicians and asked the members of his party to avoid “ignorant statements” with regard to Hispanics.
The son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush commented to the Texas Tribune.
“If we’re going to be successful and be considered credible in the Hispanic community, we’ve got to denounce some of the ignorant statements that are made about Hispanics and the contributions we make, whether it’s to the military, our nation’s economy or to the history of Texas,” he said.
George P. Bush, whose mother is from Mexico, defends the inclusion of Latinos into the conservative party.
“For me and my family, it’s not Hispanic outreach. It’s Hispanic inclusion,” he said during a campaign visit to Corpus Christi.
Bush’s remarks were a critique of the words spoken by the president of the Republican Party in Denton County, Dianne Edmondson, wrote about the Democratic ticket for governor and lieutenant governor.
In an online newsletter, Edmondson spoke of gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis as “Abortion Barbie with Hispanic Sen. Leticia Van de Putte as her running mate.”
“I just think that it’s disappointing that people resort to those types of tactics,” Bush said.
Also commenting about Edmondson’s remark was Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who said Van de Putte’s ethnicity is irrelevant.
“We are all Texans and we are all Americans,” Dewhurst said.