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George P. Takes Baby Steps Away From Bush Name

By WILL WEISSERT
|  Monday, Dec 16, 2013  |  Updated 6:29 AM CDT
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George P. Takes Baby Steps Away From Bush Name

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George P. Bush speaks during the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference on June 18, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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The latest scion of one of America's most powerful political dynasties is trying to convince voters he's something other than what his famous surname suggests.

George P. Bush is the 37-year-old grandson of one former president and nephew of another. He's launching his political career by running for Texas' little-known but powerful land commissioner post.

But rather than campaigning on the mainstream Republicanism embodied by the family name, Bush says he's "a movement conservative" more in line with the tea party.

As if to underscore the point, he says he draws the most inspiration not from the administrations of his grandfather, George H. W. Bush, or his uncle, George W. Bush, but from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who engineered the 1994 Republican takeover of that chamber.

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