Hundreds of officials who worked in the George W. Bush administration plan to endorse presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, Reuters reports.
The officials -- including Cabinet secretaries and senior officials -- formed a new political action committee called 43 Alumni for Biden, referring to Bush as the 43rd president.
“We know what is normal and what is abnormal, and what we are seeing is highly abnormal. The president is a danger,” Jennifer Millikin, a former Bush campaign and administration aide, told Reuters.
She said the group was not ready to name all of its members or donors. The group must disclose their initial list of donors to the Federal Election Commission prior to the election.
Bush staying away:
Bush’s office was notified about the group but he is not involved and it is unclear if he approves of the group.
A spokesman for Bush told the outlet that the former president is retired and “won’t be wading into this election.”
Bush recently issued a statement backing Black Lives Matter protesters and urged Americans to unite amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Country over party”:
“This November, we are choosing country over party,” Kristopher Purcell, a former Bush White House communications official, told Reuters. “We believe that a Biden administration will adhere to the rule of law... and restore dignity and integrity to the White House.”
“We really have had overwhelming support for our efforts,” added Karen Kirksey, who worked on the Bush campaign and at the Agriculture and Labor Departments.