the annals of embarrassing presidential relatives,
Neil Bush is no Billy Carter or Roger Clinton.
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.
seems certain opportunities tend to present
themselves when your name is Neil Bush.
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
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
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."
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.
was very unusual," Bush replied.
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.
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.
are lots of examples of presidents with troubled
siblings and it never seemed to have that much
of an impact," he said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
you have absolutely no educational background
in semiconductors, do you Mr. Bush?" Brown asked.
correct," said Bush, who holds an MBA from Tulane
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
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
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."
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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