Republicans launch yet another George Bush
NEW YORK: Being called George Bush is not the most obvious route to elected office in modern America, given the opprobrium heaped on the 43rd US president since he left the White House.
But a third bearer of that name has just made a start towards a career in politics: George Prescott Bush.
His grandfather, George H. W., was president for a term, losing to Bill Clinton in 1992, and his uncle, George W., left office last year with approval ratings in the doldrums.
Now George P., the son of the former Florida governor Jeb and his Mexican wife, Columba, has co-founded a new organisation, Hispanic Republicans of Texas, to support Latino candidates for office in the Lone Star state.
Slick, bilingual television commercials marking its launch showed how the clean-cut Mr Bush was a natural before the cameras - confirming the belief of many that, in time, he may become a candidate to take the Republican banner national.
But the 34-year-old Texas lawyer and property developer, a college football star, was not present for the group's formal launch in the Texan state capital, Austin.
For he was recently sent to Iraq as an intelligence officer in the Navy reserves - a deployment that further burnishes his political credentials.
His father is highly popular and a possible presidential contender for 2012 or 2016. But George P. has time on his side - and huge appeal to a constituency that does not normally vote Republican.
As one commentator on a conservative website observed: ''A Hispanic with degrees from Rice and Texas Law, a record of military service, backed by an organisation devoted to making Hispanic Republicans players in Texas politics, and with the last name Bush? Sounds like the kind of candidate [who] might be able to win.''