In what will certainly be a painful bit of news for Donald Trump, Politico is reporting that former President George H. W. Bush will vote for Hillary Clinton. According to Politico, they received the inside word from Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend after spotting a social media post (that reportedly read, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”) and then followed up in a phone interview. Kennedy acknowledged her claim as true and that she’s spoken with Bush in Maine on Monday, where he mentioned voting for Clinton: “That’s what he said.” Politico followed up with Bush’s spokesperson, who played coy:
Asked about Townsend’s post, George H.W. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath in an email replied, “The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.”
Politico notes that the first Bush president hoped to keep things quiet, but Kennedy must have felt differently. Josh Barro of Business Insider floats the theory that the Bush family has kept their preference under wraps to insulate the career of George P. Bush, the eldest son of Jeb Bush and the current Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. George P. Bush took office in 2015 and will serve a four-year term before coming up for reelection, but in the great, largely conservative state of Texas, having a grandfather who decides to cross party lines (as a former president, no less) won’t be comfortable.