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Former Bush Chief Of Staff Encourages Administration Alums To Vote Against Trump

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Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Josh Bolten, who served as chief of staff to President George W. Bush, is encouraging alumni of the Bush administration to vote against Donald Trump in the remaining nominating contests, saying the New York businessman “isn’t fit” for the presidency.

In an email sent to former administration officials and staffers on Thursday and provided to The Daily Caller by a source, Bolten says: “As a former member of the George W. Bush administration, you know that integrity, decency, and sound judgment are essential qualities for the presidency. Donald Trump, the man who accused President Bush and his team of lying, isn’t fit for the office our former boss held with such distinction.”

“I don’t have to tell you how important this election cycle is to the future of the Republican Party, and to our country,” Bolton wrote. “I’m writing because I believe that nominating the current Republican frontrunner would cost our party its standing as the defender of limited government, constitutional principle, and American leadership — leaving it crippled for years to come.”

Bolton encouraged Bush alumni who are registered to vote in Washington, D.C. to participate in Saturday’s GOP nominating convention. “DC’s 16 elected delegates will be determined by a small number of votes, so please don’t underestimate how much difference your one vote could make,” Bolton wrote. VIDEO: Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer Endorses Kasich For President

“Note that after you cast a vote for the Party’s nominee, you’ll be directed to a separate room to elect delegates to the Republican National Convention,” Bolton wrote. “Because of the possibility of a contested convention, I urge you to select only delegates you are confident will consistently oppose Trump.”

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