Republicans Who Served Under George W. Bush Form Super PAC To Support Joe Biden

( Add another group of Republicans to the list of people who are apparently jumping ship to support presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president come November.

A new super PAC formed by a group of administration officials who served under former president George W. Bush has vowed to “engage and mobilize disenchanted GOP voters to get Biden elected into the White House. The group is called 43 Alumni for Biden, in a reference to Bush being the 43rd president.

Leaders of the group said they formed the super PAC to restore “the principles of unity, tolerance and compassion to the greatest elected office in the world.”

The group’s director is Karen Kirksey, who served in the Labor and Agriculture departments under Bush, as well as on his 2000 campaign team. She said:

“For four years, we have watched with grave concern as the party we loved has morphed into a cult of personality that little resembles the party of Lincoln and Reagan. We endorse Joe Biden not necessarily in full support of his political agenda but rather in full agreement with the urgent need to restore the soul of this nation.

“Once elected, we look forward to working in a bipartisan way through civil, spirited debate on the many important issues facing Americans today and for decades to come.”

Another one of the super PAC’s organizers is Jennifer Millikin. She worked on the 2004 Bush re-election campaign and also served in the General Services Administration. She said:

“We know what is normal and what is abnormal, and what we are seeing is highly abnormal. The president is a danger.”

43 Alumni for Biden includes more than 100 officials who worked under Bush in some fashion. It includes senior officials as well as Cabinet secretaries.

The super PAC’s plan is to produce “testimonial videos” from high-profile members of the GOP that praise Biden. The idea is to launch this marketing effort in competitive states to hopefully get out the vote for people to support Biden rather than President Donald Trump.

Bush himself has made the choice at this point to stay out of the fracas. One of his spokesmen, Freddy Ford, said the former president was retired “and won’t be wading into this election.”

In the recent past, Bush said the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers was a “shocking failure,” and that protesters should have their voices heard. He also filmed a video that called on Americans to unite during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristopher Purcell, who served in the communications department during Bush’s time in the White House, explained the reasoning behind the formation of the super PAC. He said:

“This November, we are choosing country over party. We believe that a Biden administration will adhere to the rule of law … and restore dignity and integrity to the White House.”

Trump’s campaign responded with disgust at the formation of the super PAC. Campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine said:

“This is the swamp — yet again — trying to take down the duly elected President of the United States.”