News came out this afternoon that hundreds of officials who worked for former President George W. Bush – a Republican – are set to buck the Trump 2020 campaign and instead join a growing list of prominent Republicans endorsing Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden.
The list of officials, including Cabinet secretaries and other senior officials in the Bush administration have formed a political action committee – 43 Alumni for Biden – to support the former vice president in his November 3rd race against Trump and is the latest Republican-led group coming out to oppose the re-election of Donald Trump. They join other prominent conservative groups like the Lincoln Project, Republican Voters Against Trump, The Bulwark and Republicans for the Rule of Law.
Reuters – The Super PAC 43 Alumni for Biden will launch today with a website and Facebook page, announcing plans to release “testimonial videos” praising Biden from high-profile Republicans and will hold get-out-the-vote efforts in the most competitive states.
On their website, this new conservative political action group states:
Frustration caused by the many failures of the Trump presidency has created a growing number of disaffected Republican voters. This has been exacerbated by the failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic and fanning the flames of hatred in our country.
In every neighborhood of every town, in every congressional district in all the must-win states, is a former Trump-supporting GOP voter who knows now that the time has come to take bold action.
Republicans who want to do the right thing will need to be communicated with on a personal level as to why Joe Biden is the man who can mend America’s soul. In the minds of Republican voters, we must make him more than simply the “lesser of two evils.”
The time has come to be on the right side of history.
The group is the latest of a number of Republican organizations opposing Trump’s re-election, yet another sign that he has alienated many members of his own party, most recently with his response to the coronavirus pandemic and nationwide protests over racial injustice and police brutality against Black Americans.
“We know what is normal and what is abnormal, and what we are seeing is highly abnormal. The president is a danger,” said Jennifer Millikin, one of the 43 Alumni organizers, who worked on Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign and later in the General Services Administration.
The other two members who spoke to Reuters are Karen Kirksey and Kristopher Purcell. Purcell worked as a communication official in the Bush White House. Kirksey was on the Bush 2000 campaign, and later in the Agriculture and Labor Departments.
Despite policy differences with Biden, “hundreds” of former Bush officials believe the Democrat has the integrity to meet America’s challenges, the 43 Alumni members said.
“This November, we are choosing country over party,” said Purcell. “We believe that a Biden administration will adhere to the rule of law… and restore dignity and integrity to the White House.”
“We really have had overwhelming support for our efforts,” Kirksey said.
As a Super PAC, the group’s members are forbidden by law from working with or communicating with the Biden campaign, but can raise unlimited amounts of money and run ads or hold events to support the candidate.