As Texans prepare for next month’s primary runoff elections, a new endorsement for state attorney general candidate George P. Bush is raising eyebrows.
I’m proud to stand with TX firefighters as we restore honesty & integrity to the office of the AG. The Austin Firefighters Association are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe. We must stand up for those who put their lives in danger to protect the rest of us. pic.twitter.com/I82zZN1NjM
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) April 26, 2022
While Bush may hope to hide behind platitudes, the Austin Firefighters Association has a long history of aligning with the most radical elements of local Austin politics—including groups with ties to leftist billionaire George Soros and current congressional candidate Greg Casar, a self-proclaimed socialist and former Austin City Council member.
Most recently, the firefighters association joined Casar and a panoply of Soros-backed organizations to oppose last fall’s Austin police funding initiative, aligning firmly with the “Defund the Police” contingent at the Democrat-run city hall.
In 2016, conservative think tank Texas Public Policy Foundation sued the firefighters association for receiving unconstitutional subsidies from the city to pursue political activity aligned with city hall.
Additionally, Casar-endorsed leftist County Attorney Delia Garza, whose election was aided by groups with significant Soros funding, is a former chair of the firefighters association’s political action committee.
This is hardly the first connection between the Bush family and Soros. Former Secretary of State (under George H. W. Bush) James Baker, who has endorsed George P. in his current race, is a well-documented business partner of Soros.
Nor is this the first time the Bushes have used firefighters for questionable purposes; former President George W. Bush was criticized for politically exploiting New York City firefighters following the 9/11 attacks.
George P. Bush faces incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton in the runoff. Early voting runs May 16-20, with Election Day on May 24.