Former President George W. Bush is planning to help his party maintain its majority in Congress and is set to fundraise for some key Republican House and Senate candidates in the coming weeks as the midterm campaign season heats up, Politico reported.
The fundraising tour will start Wednesday morning in his home state, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he’ll stub for incumbent Rep. Will Hurd, whose district President Trump lost in 2016.
On Friday, Bush will reportedly head to Florida to host private events for Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is running for Senate, and then will head back to Texas next week to speak at fundraisers for Senate candidate Kevin Cramer and Texas Rep. Pete Sessions.
In October, Bush will stump for Josh Hawley from Missouri and Mike Braun from Indiana. Both are running for Senate.
“While he prefers to consider himself retired from politics, President Bush recognizes how important it is to keep the Senate and decided to help a few key candidates,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told Politico.
While Bush has remained relatively quiet in the political sphere, he has made veiled critiques of President Donald Trump since he took office. Last October, he delivered a speech that was widely interpreted as blatant criticism of Trump, even though Bush never said Trump’s name.