Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Oct. 9
"Papa Doug" backs a Bush with lunch at UT San Diego headquarters
$1000 a person luncheon set to raise Texas campaign cash in newspaper's "Headliners Club," invite says
Fresh from a dust up over the price of campaign ads sold to favored San Diego candidates, UT San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester is throwing a political fundraising lunch next month at the Headliners Club on the fifth floor of the headquarters of his Mission Valley newspaper.
The candidate of the hour: George Prescott Bush, who last month announced he is running for Texas Land Commissioner. The tab for the May 2 event is $1000 a person, according to an invitation from "Papa Doug Manchester" recently dispatched to hoped-for San Diego supporters.
The eldest son of ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush, and grandson of ex-President George H. W. Bush, has been raising campaign cash since last year for the 2014 election.
Bush's mother Columba, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in Mexico, and backers are touting him as an ascending star among conservative Hispanics who can help the GOP recover lost ground with Latinos. Fluent in Spanish, Bush is a lawyer and deputy finance chair of the Texas Republican party.
Traditionally a sought-after stop along the path of many Texans seeking higher office, the job of land commissioner is "the oldest, continuous elected position in Texas history," according to a state website. The spot dates back to the Texas Revolution of 1836, when the Republic of Texas was established after the defeat of Mexico.
"Currently, the Commissioner is responsible for managing billions of dollars of state assets, investments and mineral rights. He also serves as Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board and as chair of several other key state boards and commissions," the site says.
As previously reported, La Jolla's Manchester, long a major supporter of the GOP, and his son Douglas W. Manchester are developing a large hotel adjacent to the convention center in Austin, where he has retained a lobbying firm with campaign funding ties to Republican governor Rick Perry.
The newspaper has also warned of threats to California's economy from Perry, blaming California Democrats for unfriendly business conditions here.