Pierce Bush, the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush and the latest member of the infamous political dynasty to run for office, lost a Republican congressional primary on Tuesday night.
Bush was running to represent Texas’ 22nd District, which covers suburban Houston. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls and businesswoman Kathaleen Wall came in first and second in the primary, and will compete in a May runoff election. Bush came in third.
Pierce Bush is the son of Neil Bush, George W. Bush’s brother. One of Jeb’s sons, George P. Bush, is currently Texas’ Land Commissioner.
The defeat represents the first for a member of the Bush family running for office in the state of Texas for over 40 year, and the decline of the once-invincible political dynasty. Bush lost a primary for a seat in a district that overwhelmingly voted for Senator Ted Cruz in the 2016 Republican Primary, suggesting that the Bush family has worn out its welcome among Republicans who aren’t even hardcore original Trump supporters.
Bush ran with a mixed approach to President Trump, declining to style himself as a Trump Republican in the manner in which his opponents did.
The Bush family’s track record as previous stewards of the Republican Party is a dismal failure at the very best. George W. Bush oversaw the most disastrous foreign policy error in American history, opened the borders to unprecedented levels of legal and illegal immigration, and orchestrated a bailout of corrupt Wall Street elites after they crashed the economy.
Members of the Bush family should accept that they’ve had their run and ride off into the sunset of national politics and the Republican Party.
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Pays $16 Million in Fines of Black and Hispanic Felons to Enable Them to Vote
Billionaire and former New York City Mayor has raised $16 million dollars to pay off outstanding fines of Black and Hispanic felons in Florida, according to reporting from Axios on Tuesday. Florida restricts the voting rights of convicted criminals until they’ve paid off fines levied for their crimes by the criminal justice system.
It appears that Bloomberg’s fine repayment initative was only available to Black and Hispanic felons. Axios reported that to qualify for Bloomberg’s money, applicants had to have outstanding fines of less than $1,500, be already registered to vote, and to be Black or Latino.
White felons need not apply.
The program has reportedly already cleared the fines of 32,000 felons in the state, enabling them to vote in the election. It erases the punitive aspect of the court system’s fines, which were levied in the first place in order to require convicted criminals to personally make amends for their actions.
Bloomberg’s felon bailout giveaway is legally questionable, and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has requested that Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody investigate what he’s doing. If he’s paying felons to vote for any one specific candidate, Bloomberg is in violation of campaign finance rules and could be liable to serve jail time .
#BREAKING: I'm calling on the Florida Attorney General to launch an investigation into @MikeBloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2pAjZlAwSh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2020
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” said a Bloomberg spokesperson when asked about the fine repayment initiative. But it doesn’t seem as if the failed Democratic primary candidate is willing to buy back the voting rights of individuals who might be less inclined to vote for Joe Biden in November.
Bloomberg already tried and failed to buy the nomination in the Democratic primary, and now he’s trying to buy the crucial swing state of Florida for Joe Biden. Corrupt oligarchs should not be allowed to abuse the political system with impunity.
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