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

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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