Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s Austin Mansion Was Financed By GOP Donor

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune.

By Rhonda FanningFebruary 16, 2018 1:25 pm, , ,

Time for the week that was in Texas politics with Emily Ramshaw, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune.

On Friday, the Tribune reported on Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s Austin living arrangements: he owns a $1.5 million mansion financed by a bank owned by a major Republican donor who also employs Bush’ wife.

“The best part about it is they put the name of the house in the name of a family trust to keep the home address secret,” Ramshaw says. “So it didn’t appear on any financial disclosure forms. It was as if this $1.5 million mansion just poof – didn’t exist.”

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Texas Friday, where he’ll begin his visit in San Antonio with a fundraiser for Trump Victory. Next, Pence will go to the border, and wrap up his visit Saturday in Dallas, talking tax reform.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has endorsed state senate candidate Angela Paxton in her Collin County primary against Phillip Huffines. Paxton is also the wife of Attorney General Ken Paxton. Ramshaw says Patrick had said he wouldn’t take sides in the race, but changed his mind when the contest became “so personal.”

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.