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Bush Brother's Divorce Produces Some Startling Disclosures
Associated Press ^ | Jan 26, 2004 | Pam Easton

Posted on 01/26/2004 11:25:39 AM PST by Pharmboy

HOUSTON (AP) - In the annals of embarrassing presidential relatives, Neil Bush is no Billy Carter or Roger Clinton. But his messy divorce has produced some eye-opening disclosures. Among them: He had sex with women who showed up uninvited at his hotel rooms in Asia; he had an affair and may have fathered a child out of wedlock; and he stands to make millions from businesses in which he has little expertise - including a computer-chip company managed in part by the son of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin.

It seems certain opportunities tend to present themselves when your name is Neil Bush.

For his part, Bush defended the fees he has received for consulting jobs. But he gave little insight into whether the women who offered him sex in Hong Kong and Taiwan were perhaps paid by mysterious benefactors.

In a deposition taken last March and reviewed by The Associated Press, Bush told the attorney for his wife of 23 years, Sharon, that the women did not ask him for money and he did not pay them anything.

Asked how he knew what to do when he opened his door and saw a woman standing there, the 48-year-old Bush replied: "Whatever happened, happened."

"It's a pretty remarkable thing for a man just to go to a hotel room door and open it and have a woman standing there and have sex with her," said the attorney, Marshall Davis Brown.

"It was very unusual," Bush replied.

Sharon Bush also accused Neil of fathering a child with the woman he now plans to marry. The woman's ex-husband has filed a defamation lawsuit, and DNA testing has been requested.

The titillating details have made barely a splash in Texas, where loyalty to the president runs deep. University of Texas government professor Bruce Buchanan said he doubts Neil Bush's shenanigans will become political fodder in the 2004 election.

"There are lots of examples of presidents with troubled siblings and it never seemed to have that much of an impact," he said.

Jimmy Carter's beer-swilling brother, Billy, wrote a book called "Redneck Power" and accepted money from the government of Libya. Bill Clinton's half-brother, Roger, was jailed for a year for dealing cocaine. Richard Nixon's kid brother Donald took $205,000 from Howard Hughes in the hopes of opening a fast-food chain selling Nixonburgers.

It is not the first time Neil Bush has caused his family some trouble. At the end of his father's presidency, Neil was among a group of defendants who agreed to pay $49.5 million to settle a negligence lawsuit over the $1 billion collapse of the savings and loan he directed in Colorado.

Bush denied wrongdoing and was not charged in the grand jury investigation, but the U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision found Bush's conduct "involved significant conflicts of interest and constituted multiple breaches" of his fiduciary duties.

Bush has gone on to reap profits from other ventures. In the deposition, he said he hoped to receive an estimated $2 million for acting as a consultant to Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., co-founded by Jiang Zemin's eldest son.

"Now, you have absolutely no educational background in semiconductors, do you Mr. Bush?" Brown asked.

"That's correct," said Bush, who holds an MBA from Tulane University.

Bush recently told the AP he has "not received one penny of compensation" from Grace Semiconductor because he never did the consulting. He did not respond to a request for comment on his divorce proceedings.

Bush has focused most of his energy on Ignite Inc., an Austin-based educational software startup. So far, he has raised $23 million from investors, including Winston Wong, the other founder of Grace Semiconductor.

"Let's face the reality," Bush told the AP in 2002. "I probably have access to people who probably wouldn't meet with a development-stage company, but I feel I'm held to a higher standard."

Bush's tax returns, obtained by the AP, showed $357,000 in income from Ignite and at least $798,218 from three transactions involving the stock of Kopin Corp., a small U.S. high-tech company where he had previously been a consultant.

There is no evidence he has tried to enlist help from the president for any of his ventures. Bush spokesman Taylor Gross said the White House had no comment.

Still, said Rice University political science professor Bob Stein, "there is a family pattern here where the Bush sons - Jeb, Neil and George - have benefited tremendously by their connections through their father."

Currying favor with a relative of the president can "start to smell bad," said Steven Weiss, communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.

Rex John, who has known Neil Bush since his Denver days, said he has never known Neil Bush to use his family connections to obtain business opportunities.

"I'm sure it has opened many doors for him, but it wasn't Neil out there trying to get them open," John said. "Neil would never do anything like that. That's not his style."

After Neil Bush severed his 23-year marriage to Sharon in May, he proposed last month in France to Maria Andrews, a former volunteer for former first lady Barbara Bush.

Sharon Bush's lawyer in the defamation case, David Berg, allowed the AP to review the deposition but said he did not have a copy of Sharon Bush's testimony. He would not make her available for an interview.

Sharon Bush, 51, alleged her ex-husband could have fathered Andrews' 3-year-old son. That prompted Andrews' former husband to file a defamation lawsuit against Sharon Bush. Neil Bush submitted a tissue sample for analysis.

In the meantime, he has been ordered to pay $1,500 a month in child support for two of his children, Pierce, 17 and Ashley, 14. The couple's oldest child, Lauren, is 19.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brothers; bush; dubya; elections; embarrassment; neilbush
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Well, at least it wasn't a live boy or a dead girl.
1 posted on 01/26/2004 11:25:39 AM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
Almost sounds like Roger or one of the other Clinton siblings. How many is that now, anyway?
2 posted on 01/26/2004 11:28:32 AM PST by theDentist (Boston: So much Liberty, you can buy a Politician already owned by someone else.)
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To: Pharmboy
I know this might not be a popular comment but,, Look at Bush I and II wives, are they not the picture perfect conservatives? But then look at the offspring? Look at Jeb and his offspring? There are secrets brewing under those nice looking facades.
3 posted on 01/26/2004 11:29:35 AM PST by PersonalLiberties (Between Life and the Pursuit of Happiness You Need Liberty www.personalliberties.com)
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To: Pharmboy
I wouldn't pi$$ off Barbara Bush, and she's not even my mom.
4 posted on 01/26/2004 11:29:45 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Come see the violence inherent in the system!)
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To: Pharmboy
Hope the DNA of Andrews kid turns out to be an unknown 3rd party. Would laugh heartily at that one.
5 posted on 01/26/2004 11:30:26 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Pharmboy
Has he started his own line of beer yet? (that dates me, I know!)
6 posted on 01/26/2004 11:31:45 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Pharmboy; RogerFGay
"In the meantime, he has been ordered to pay $1,500 a month in child support for two of his children, Pierce, 17 and Ashley, 14. The couple's oldest child, Lauren, is 19."

And the Child Support Shakedown continues...

7 posted on 01/26/2004 11:35:07 AM PST by sauropod (What happens at CPAC stays at CPAC)
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To: Pharmboy
Neil has always been the black sheep of the family, starting back in the Savings and Loan scandal. Most folks just ignore him altogether.
8 posted on 01/26/2004 11:35:29 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Pharmboy
This is worse than Juanita Broderick's rape?
9 posted on 01/26/2004 11:39:35 AM PST by gitmo (Who is John Galt?)
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To: PersonalLiberties
Every family has it's rebels and black sheep.
10 posted on 01/26/2004 11:39:40 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Pharmboy
As far as I'm concerned, this guy is a complete scum bag who I wouldn't trust with the baby sitter or my checkbook. But that's him...not the President, Jeb or his parents.
11 posted on 01/26/2004 11:41:52 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Pharmboy
Bush's tax returns, obtained by the AP, showed $357,000 in income from Ignite and at least $798,218 from three transactions involving the stock of Kopin Corp., a small U.S. high-tech company where he had previously been a consultant.

Is Neil Bush running for elected office? If not, how did the AP get his tax returns?

While Neil Bush’s dealings may deserve some legal attention and even prosecution if the facts warrant, last I checked, the tax returns of private citizens (regardless of whose relatives they were) were not releasable to the press.

There’s something rotten in this story beyond Neil Bush’s business deals.
12 posted on 01/26/2004 11:42:04 AM PST by Lucky Dog
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To: Pharmboy
"It's a pretty remarkable thing for a man just to go to a hotel room door and open it and have a woman standing there and have sex with her," said the attorney, Marshall Davis Brown.

Can't say that I disagree with this statement. Maybe Neil has forgotten one or two key details of this (these) event(s).
13 posted on 01/26/2004 11:42:19 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Occasionally, a black sheep family has a white sheep as well, though maybe not as often.
14 posted on 01/26/2004 11:42:23 AM PST by zerosix
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To: gitmo
"This is worse than Juanita Broderick's rape?"


It will be to liberal democrats!
15 posted on 01/26/2004 11:43:11 AM PST by Maria S ("I will do whatever the Americans want…I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid." Gaddafi, 9/03)
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To: Pharmboy
Currying favor with a relative of the president can "start to smell bad," said Steven Weiss, communications director for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks money in politics.

That's why I'm so glad the press keeps asking why Chelsea Clinton is being paid six figures to be a "consultant" for a New York firm while trotting the globe with her boyfriend./sarcasm

I'm sorry, but "connected" people are always going to have an edge. Who cares? As long as no laws are being broken, I'm not about to start ripping people for being rich. Also, there is nothing novel about getting rich in an industry that you know relatively little about. It's quite common.

16 posted on 01/26/2004 11:43:12 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Every family has it's rebels and black sheep.

That's right, mine does too.

17 posted on 01/26/2004 11:43:34 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Pharmboy
"Now, you have absolutely no educational background in semiconductors, do you Mr. Bush?"

This is just a red herring. As a consultant, I have absolutely no educational background in the technologies used by the companies I consult with. Why should I? That's not why they hire me.

18 posted on 01/26/2004 11:44:44 AM PST by LouD
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
"It's a pretty remarkable thing for a man just to go to a hotel room door and open it and have a woman standing there and have sex with her,"

It is?

19 posted on 01/26/2004 11:45:42 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: Pharmboy
The titillating details have made barely a splash in Texas, where loyalty to the president runs deep.

Just wait until the Dixie Chicks find this one out...

20 posted on 01/26/2004 11:47:03 AM PST by Born Conservative ("Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names" - John F. Kennedy)
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To: Pharmboy
"He had sex with women who showed up uninvited at his hotel rooms in Asia."

Riiiiiiight. And the money they took upon leaving just happened to be lying there on the dresser.
21 posted on 01/26/2004 11:48:25 AM PST by diamondjoe
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To: PersonalLiberties
But then look at the offspring? Look at Jeb and his offspring? There are secrets brewing under those nice looking facades.

No family is perfect. Not even yours, I'll bet. (I know mine isn't.)

22 posted on 01/26/2004 11:48:50 AM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: Pharmboy
It's that time of the political season when the left goes after Neil and Jeb's daughter. I wouldn't be surprised if she be arrested again sometime this year again with their plants framing her or spying on her like last time. Lefties have a lot in common with Nazis.
23 posted on 01/26/2004 11:49:03 AM PST by #3Fan
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To: theDentist
What other "clinton siblings"?
24 posted on 01/26/2004 11:50:44 AM PST by tuckrdout (Terri Schindler (Schiavo) deserves to have her wishes honored: Give her a DIVORCE!)
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To: MizSterious

Actually, I thought Billy was an ok guy, for an ignorant redneck.

No for a really embarrassing Presidential sibling, you have to get an Ivy League guy who does bridge jumps at 2 am.


25 posted on 01/26/2004 11:51:00 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
do you apply the same reasoning to the Kennedy's?
26 posted on 01/26/2004 11:52:47 AM PST by PersonalLiberties (Between Life and the Pursuit of Happiness You Need Liberty www.personalliberties.com)
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To: sauropod
How is that a shakedown? They ARE his kids. He makes at least $1 million (just the two line items mentioned are 1 mil) a year and that child support only comes in at about $20,000 a year. Perfectly legitimate child support amount.
27 posted on 01/26/2004 11:53:06 AM PST by discostu (are you in the pocket of the moment)
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To: Pharmboy
You mean a Company actually hires someone because they may have access to other people? NO. Someone page Chelsea Clinton for me, ok?
28 posted on 01/26/2004 11:53:54 AM PST by Hildy
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To: PersonalLiberties
Same is true of the Reagan offspring. Reagan is still one of the greatest presidents, despite one or two screwed up kids.
29 posted on 01/26/2004 11:54:58 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: tuckrdout
Shortly after Clinton was sworn in (or is it sworn at?), he had a bunch of people suddenly step forward to declare they were step-brothers and step-sisters, proud progeny of his alleged loosely-zippered father. I believe more than 2 of them could produce proof... No idea what the final count was.
30 posted on 01/26/2004 11:55:25 AM PST by theDentist (Boston: So much Liberty, you can buy a Politician already owned by someone else.)
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To: Pharmboy
"Asked how he knew what to do when he opened his door and saw a woman standing there, the 48-year-old Bush replied: "Whatever happened, happened."


Dont all of us have a Neil in our family? I have about 5...
31 posted on 01/26/2004 11:56:11 AM PST by FeliciaCat (Life is to short for ugly shoes.)
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To: Pharmboy
He doesn't even look like a Bush - was he adopted?
32 posted on 01/26/2004 11:57:38 AM PST by mabelkitty
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To: lilylangtree
keyboard spew alert please! ;-)
33 posted on 01/26/2004 11:58:03 AM PST by SteveH
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To: Mr. Bird
...there is nothing novel about getting rich in an industry that you know relatively little about. It's quite common.

You're right--it's called the stock market.

34 posted on 01/26/2004 11:58:09 AM PST by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: Pharmboy
"He had sex with women who showed up uninvited at his hotel rooms... "

So I get a fake drivers license at the flea market that says I'm Neil Bush, rent a hotel room, and then what? Just wait for the knock on the door, or do I have to put signs up or something?

35 posted on 01/26/2004 12:00:26 PM PST by bayourod ( Dean's anti-terrorism plan: "treat people with respect and they will treat you with respect"12/1/03)
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To: Pharmboy
They left out Sam Houston Johnson, Lyndon Johnson's brother. LBJ kept him out of sight at the Alamo Hotel in Austin.
36 posted on 01/26/2004 12:01:09 PM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Pharmboy
"It's a pretty remarkable thing for a man just to go to a hotel room door and open it and have a woman standing there and have sex with her," said the attorney, Marshall Davis Brown.

"It was very unusual," Bush replied

ROFLMAO!

Hell, I'd certainly be tempted! If I thought they were healthy . . .

37 posted on 01/26/2004 12:02:03 PM PST by JohnnyZ ("This is our most desperate hour. Help me Diane Sawyer. You're my only hope." -- Howard Dean)
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To: PersonalLiberties
I have my new tin foil hat I got for Christmas.
38 posted on 01/26/2004 12:02:30 PM PST by MEG33 (America will never seek a permission slip to provide for the security of our country)
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To: tuckrdout
The Impeached Rapist has two known half-siblings, both older than he, and both begotten by his happy-go-lucky traveling salesman father. And, of course, there's Roger, on his mother's side.

The other half of the Rapist's marriage of convenience has, as we know, two siblings, Tony and Hugh. (They're a great comedy team, btw.)

39 posted on 01/26/2004 12:02:53 PM PST by Devil_Anse
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To: MizSterious
Anybody want to buy four cans of Billy beer? also one empty that sprung a leak. No pun intended.
40 posted on 01/26/2004 12:02:59 PM PST by rock58seg (If Bush really were a tyrant, the liberals would love him.)
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To: PersonalLiberties
do you apply the same reasoning to the Kennedy's?

That no family is perfect? Sure.

As far as the Bush family goes, those holding public office seem to be okay so far. That's what I care about.

I see from your profile page that you have difficulty with President Bush in general - so it's no surprise that you would be hoping for "secrets" to emerge.

41 posted on 01/26/2004 12:03:34 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
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To: Pharmboy
Neil & his antics could be the reason we need $1.5 billion for the defense of marriage.
42 posted on 01/26/2004 12:03:34 PM PST by familyofman
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To: familyofman
LOL!
43 posted on 01/26/2004 12:05:42 PM PST by MEG33 (America will never seek a permission slip to provide for the security of our country)
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To: PersonalLiberties
Look at Bush I and II wives, are they not the picture perfect conservatives?

If you are referring to Barbara and Laura, then I would disagree. Barbara Bush is liberal on some issues (such as abortion), and Laura Bush is best described as a moderate.

44 posted on 01/26/2004 12:07:39 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Pharmboy
And this has ____________________________ to do with president Bush?

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45 posted on 01/26/2004 12:11:40 PM PST by fly_so_free (Never underestimate the treachery of the democrat party-Save USA-Vote a Democrat out of office)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
At least your are consistent.

And "hoping" no. No longer surprised is more like it.
46 posted on 01/26/2004 12:13:29 PM PST by PersonalLiberties (Between Life and the Pursuit of Happiness You Need Liberty www.personalliberties.com)
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To: sauropod
"In the meantime, he has been ordered to pay $1,500 a month in child support for two of his children, Pierce, 17 and Ashley, 14. The couple's oldest child, Lauren, is 19." And the Child Support Shakedown continues...

Gee, $1500/month for two minor children for someone of Bush's wealth doesn't seem like a shakedown to me.
47 posted on 01/26/2004 12:18:40 PM PST by Stone Mountain
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Why Doctor! What an interesting life you must lead...
48 posted on 01/26/2004 12:18:44 PM PST by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: Pharmboy
I admit I skimmed this, then clicked the link to make sure it was from today.

Any idea what brought this on today? It's all old news except for a proposal issued "last month".

Or did I miss some "new news" happening yesterday or today?
49 posted on 01/26/2004 12:19:34 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: Devil_Anse
You mean you believe the story about the man that died before he was born being his "father"?! LOL! Never did...it was a story, just like him being from "Hope"..
50 posted on 01/26/2004 12:19:51 PM PST by tuckrdout (Terri Schindler (Schiavo) deserves to have her wishes honored: Give her a DIVORCE!)
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