Bush Cousin Nixes Bid for Office
Mar. 29, 2002
HINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ A cousin of President Bush announced Thursday he would not run for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, saying his candidacy might have been ``divisive.''
Jamie Bush, a financial services consultant, said he would be able to draw enough support to appear on the Republican primary ballot.
But he said opposing two already declared candidates would take attention and money away from the governor's race.
``My candidacy could serve as a distraction and possibly be divisive, coming so close to the party's convention,'' Bush said.
Bush, 46, is the son of Prescott Bush Jr., brother of former President George H.W. Bush.
Businessman James Rappaport and former Melrose Mayor Patrick Guerriero are vying to be the running mate of Mitt Romney, the only Republican candidate for governor.
The party's state convention is April 6. Candidates who are supported by 15 percent of delegates appear on the primary ballot in September.