AUSTIN, Texas — George P. Bush has announced that he will be running for Texas Attorney General.
"As Land Commissioner, I’ve had the privilege to serve Texans from all walks of life, from oil and gas workers in west Texas to Veterans returning from deployment," said Bush in his announcement. "This morning, I formally filed to put my name on the ballot for Texas Attorney General."
Bush is one of three Republicans who have filed to run against Ken Paxton who is seeking a third term.
Paxton – a Baylor grad – was indicted on securities fraud charges in 2015. In October 2020, top aides accused him of bribery and abuse of office.
Bush said he's "disgusted" with Paxton's "incompetence and corruption," as well as his, "abuse of taxpayer dollars."
He also expressed his frustration with the Biden administration "trampling Texas values."
"I’m outraged at the federal government coming after our Texas way of life,” Bush said.
Bush listed securing the U.S. border with Mexico, supporting law enforcement and arresting human traffickers as some of his top priorities, should he be elected attorney general.
"This campaign is bigger than you or me," Bush said in his statement. "It’s time for Texans to be represented by an Attorney General who is focused on confronting the challenges facing Texans rather than someone who abuses public office for personal gain."
Bush is the nephew of former Texas Gov. and former President George W. Bush. He has been Land Commissioner since 2015.
Earlier this month, a poll from the University of Texas at Austin and The Texas Tribune showed Bush trailing Paxton 48 percent to 16 percent.