Former President George W. Bush spoke with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in recent days to advocate on behalf of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a spokesman for the past head of state confirmed to The Daily Caller.
“President Bush is always delighted to talk to his friend,” Freddy Ford of the George W. Bush Presidential Center told TheDC. “And he is proud of Senator Collins’ strong leadership and exemplary service.”
The elder Bush, the 41st president of the U.S., agreed in a tweet, although it’s not clear if he was also remotely stumping for the federal judge.
.@SenatorCollins — political courage and class. I salute my wonderful friend and her principled leadership.
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) October 5, 2018
Initial reports in late September said the younger Bush was “working the phones for Kavanaugh,” who served in his administration in multiple respects, perhaps most notably as White House staff secretary. And a source earlier Friday reportedly told CNN’s Jeff Zeleny that while “Bush called a number of senators, he spoke repeatedly to Collins and reassured her about Kavanaugh’s character and temperament.”
Both former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush appear to be violating an unofficial custom of not commenting and intervening in the affairs of the succeeding chief executives, or too much in politics in general.