Former President Donald Trump must have been shocked when George P. Bush came groveling for an endorsement for Texas Attorney General. Ken Paxton is the current Texas AG. He is running for re-election. He is a staunch Trump supporter and a key Trump ally.
No one thought Trump would endorse Bush over Paxton but the Bush family knows no shame when it comes to personal political advancement so George went and bent the knee to Trump anyway. Trump toyed with the young Bush calling him ‘my Bush’ and publicly considered endorsing the last remaining Bush in politics. But instead of keeping the Bush family’s political fortunes alive, Trump slammed the door forever on the name and endorsed Paxton.
The young Bush saw this race as his ticket to the big time, but it will be the end for him as not many politicians survive losing these kinds of races. Trump said: “It is going to take a PATRIOT like Ken Paxton to advance America First policies in order to Make America Great Again.
“Ken has my Complete and Total Endorsement for another term as Attorney General of Texas. He is a true Texan who will keep Texas safe—and will never let you down!”
After the snub, Bush said: “I’m running for Attorney General because Texans deserve integrity and honesty from the office of Texas’ top law enforcement official. Texans deserve a candidate without a laundry list of existing and potential criminal indictments.”
From Texas Tribune:
Trump has teased an endorsement in the primary ever since the days before Bush, the land commissioner, announced he was challenging Paxton. Eva Guzman, the former state Supreme Court justice, has since launched a primary bid against Paxton as well.
But the hunt for Trump’s endorsement had centered intensely on Paxton and Bush, who was the only prominent member of his famous political family to support Trump in the 2016 election.
Paxton had expressed confidence that Trump’s endorsement would eventually come through for him, while Bush talked multiple times with Trump about the race and met with him earlier this month at his Bedminster club in New Jersey.
The endorsement is not entirely surprising given that Paxton has been one of the most pro-Trump attorneys general.
He filed the lawsuit late last year that challenged Trump’s reelection loss in four battleground states — the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear it — and he spoke at the pro-Trump rally that preceded the deadly U.S. Capitol riot in January.
Still, Trump had raised the prospect he could back Bush in a late May statement that said he “like[s] them both very much” and would make an endorsement “in the not-so-distant future.”
Bush made little secret that he badly wanted Trump’s endorsement. His campaign played up 2019 comments in which Trump said the land commissioner was “the only Bush that got it right.”
I’m running for Attorney General because Texans deserve integrity and honesty from the office of Texas’ top law enforcement official. Texans deserve a candidate without a laundry list of existing and potential criminal indictments.— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) July 27, 2021
The left’s out of control policies are eroding the fabric of our nation. It was great to see Pres. Trump today & discuss how we must come together as a party to restore America First Priorities. I appreciate his friendship & kind words as we work together to Keep America Great. pic.twitter.com/pEMuCUOCBi— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) July 12, 2021
Honored to receive the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump. pic.twitter.com/LMOtAjVooy— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) July 27, 2021