H.W. Bush's Connections to Reagan Assassin's FamilySubmitted by RobHino on Thu, 07/17/2014 - 18:33
The Free Lance-Star, Tuesday, March 31, 1981
HOUSTON (AP) - The family of the man charged with trying to assassinate President Reagan is acquainted with the family of Vice President George Bush and had made large contributions to his political campaign, the Houston Post reported today.
The newspaper said in a copyright story, Scott Hinkley, brother of John W. Hinkley, Jr., who allegedly shot Reagan, was to have dined tonight in Denver at the home of Neil Bush, one of the vice president's sons.
The newspaper said it was unable to reach Scott Hinkley, vice president of his father's Denver-based firm, Vanderbilt Energy Corp., for comment. Neil Bush lives in Denver, where he works for Standard Oil Co. of Indiana.
In 1978, Neil served as campaign manager for his brother, George W. Bush, the vice president's oldest son, who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Neil lived in Lubbock throughout much of 1978, where John Hinkley lived from 1974 through 1980.
On Monday, Neil Bush said he did not know if he had ever met 25-year old John Hinkley.
"I have no idea," he said. "I don't recognize any pictures of him. I just wish I could see a better picture of him."
Sharon Bush, Neil's wife, said Scott Hinkley was coming to their house as a date of a girl friend of hers.
"I don't even know the brother. From what I know and I've heard, they (the Hinkleys) are a very nice family and have given a lot of money to the Bush campaign. I understand he was just the renegade brother in the family. They must feel awful, " she said.
The dinner was canceled, she added
George W. Bush said he was unsure whether he had met John W. Hinkley