Posted by Kane on May 3, 2022 11:08 am


George W. Bush to appear at fundraiser for Governor Kemp

Former President George W. Bush will appear at a fundraiser for Brian Kemp in Texas this month, wading into one of the year’s highest profile primaries to help a Republican targeted for extinction by Donald Trump. The fundraiser, at the home of real estate developer Harlan Crow, lists Bush as a “special guest.”

Bush’s intervention in the Georgia primary underscores longstanding tensions between Trump and the Bush family — and the traditionalist wing of the Republican Party that Bush represents. Bush last year appeared at a fundraiser for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and he gave money to Cheney and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Ala.) reelection campaigns, supporting two Republicans who backed impeaching Trump.

Kemp has consistently been running ahead of Perdue in his campaign for reelection.

In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll last week, Kemp was leading Perdue 53 percent to 27 percent. An 11Alive/Survey USA poll put Kemp up by a similar margin — 56 to 31. At that rate, Kemp may not only beat Perdue on May 24, but could surpass the 50 percent threshold required to avoid a runoff.

On Monday, Kemp’s campaign announced he had raised $2.7 million following the end of Georgia’s legislative session, during which Kemp was barred by state law from raising money. He has $10 million in cash on hand.

The fundraiser with Bush this month will put Kemp in front of an influential room of Texas donors just days before the Georgia primary on May 24. Hosts of the May 16 event include Crow; Jim Francis, a major Texas bundler; Republican strategist Karl Rove; and Ross Perot, Jr., son of the former presidential candidate.

Tickets for a V.I.P. reception are listed at $15,200, while the general reception is going for $5,000.

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