Former President George W. Bush is lending his support and raising money to help some Republicans whose seats are at risk in November.
The former president hosted a private event on Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas, for State Rep. Will Hurd (R), Politico reported. He also has plans to host a fundraiser in Dallas on Sept. 20 for U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions. Bush lives in Sessions’ district.
But Republican Sen. Ted Cruz from Bush’s home state is notably missing from his event calendar. The race between the senator and Democrat Beto O’Rourke has become increasingly close in recent months.
Cruz worked for Bush during his presidential campaign and during his administration and has said he’s grateful to the former president.
However, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford told The Dallas Morning News that he had no plans of campaigning for Cruz and was not aware of the senator making such a request.
Why is Bush dipping back into politics?
With the November midterm elections less than two months away, the former president wants to help his party keep the majority in the 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,” Ford told Politico.
On Friday, Bush will be in Florida for a couple of events for Gov. Rick Scott (R), who’s in a neck-and-neck battle for a Senate seat against incumbent Bill Nelson (D), according to recent polls. Pro-Scott super PAC, New Republican, will benefit from one of the fundraisers, according to Politico.
Next week, Bush will headline a Fort Worth fundraiser on Sept. 19 for Kevin Cramer, a Senate hopeful in North Dakota.
Also, Bush will hold fundraisers next month for Senate hopefuls Josh Hawley of Missouri and Mike Braun of Indiana.