George P. Bush is expected to enter the 2022 race for Texas attorney general on Wednesday, mounting a Republican primary challenge to scandal-plagued incumbent Ken Paxton.
The marquee intraparty battle pits a scion of the Bush family political dynasty against a loyal ally of former President Donald Trump, and Republican insiders in Texas are predicting a bitter, divisive campaign. But the contest could defy convention suggested by that narrative. Bush, elected twice statewide as commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, is a staunch conservative who also is closely aligned with Trump — unlike the more recognized members of his family.
Bush in late May tweeted a picture of himself on the phone with Trump, suggesting that the two were discussing his plans to seek higher office.
“Great to speak with President Trump,” he tweeted. “I appreciate the words of encouragement and support. Big things coming soon.”
The former president later issued a statement saying