Neil Bush, former First Son and Coloradan, now member of Chinese Communist Party?

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In celebrity-shy Colorado, a president's son definitely qualifies. While the first President George Bush was in the White House, George Walker's little brother Neil lived in Denver, where he got embroiled in an S&L scandal known as Silverado. But Neil's fame -- and infamy -- here is nothing compared to what he has now achieved in China.

When Neil Bush was put on the board of Silverado, a savings and loan, in the '80s, his primary credential was his political family. Today, Neil Bush is co-chair of a Beijing-based real estate company, CIIC, and has a Sina Weibo account with more than 120,000 followers; when he set up that account on the micro-blogging site in August 2011, he introduced himself as "the unpolitical member of a very political American family."

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Photo Neil Bush posted on Weibo.
But a recent post by Bush -- complete with a photo of him wearing clothes from the Chairman Mao line with the caption "I'm thinking of joining the Chinese Communist Party -- What do you think of my accessories?" -- has launched a very political discussion, and rated an NPR story discussing the heated response in China, most of it focused on the Communist Party rather than Bush himself.

But a post on Beijing Cream reminded readers of Neil Bush's "high-profile divorce in which he admitted to consorting with hookers in Thailand and Hong Kong; he may or may not have contracted herpes from one of them." And a comment on that post comes from Justin Mitchell, the former Rocky Mountain News staffer who now works in China: "It's not just hookers 'n' herpes for that douche. Google Silverado Savings and Loan scandal and his name and you'll get an eyeful of corruption."

There were other, slighter blips during Neil Bush's time here in Colorado. In 1990, while the feds were trying to figure out how to settle the $1 billion Silverado bailout with a $200 million deal, the pre-web Westword reported on how Neil had taken his kids to the Old Spaghetti Factory -- and had to sign an IOU for the meal, because he'd forgotten his wallet and his Secret Service guard detail didn't have a credit card or enough cash to cover the tab.

Neil Bush came out of the Silverado scandal better than many of his colleagues. Michael Wise, the ringleader of the deal, who committed suicide three years ago. Get more details in "A Word to the Wise."

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Gold Strike - Colorado Gold Experience
Gold Strike - Colorado Gold Experience

speaking of stepping in it, I don't recall seeing the westword post on barack's brother living in poverty while Barry and Michelle live in the white house preaching share the wealth to everyone else... probably just missed it.

Mark J Richman
Mark J Richman

As I recall, he was a big name in the Savings and Loan collapse years ago.

Mark J Richman
Mark J Richman

As I recall, he was a big name in the Savings and Loan collapse years ago.

Craig Talbert
Craig Talbert

There's one Busb in the world, one Bush with many faces.

Nick McCollum
Nick McCollum

Join if you like but keep that shit show out of America (fuckin traitor)

Cindy Hill
Cindy Hill

I remember Silverado quite well. Here's yet another Bush bastard who should be in prison.

JRush Vertigo
JRush Vertigo

not much different than the rest of his family...

JRush Vertigo
JRush Vertigo

not much different than the rest of his family...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Is this yet another explanation for the professional

DEMOLISHING of Building $7 ,

where the entire ENRON CASE was stored,

only to quietly disappear following 911 .....

I am not a man of violence , but if I EVER ran face to face

w/ ANY male Bush , I'd have a difficult time NOT , swinging !

That's like Romney boy's . They all look TOO much like him !

CREEPY !!!!

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