On Monday, Former Maryland lieutenant-governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend posted a picture of herself with Bush on Facebook stating, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Townsend later confirmed the conversation she had while meeting Bush in Maine to Politico, which shared a screengrab of the Facebook post.
However, Bush’s spokesman, Jim McGrath, declined to comment on the former president’s political standing, stating that the 92-year-old’s vote is private.
“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,” McGrath told Politico.
McGrath later tweeted that he’s “still checking” if anyone was there to verify Townsend’s conversation.
Bush hasn’t offered support for GOP nominee Donald Trump, who defeated his son, Jeb Bush, in a testy Republican primary season.
But, if Bush did voice support for Clinton, he wouldn’t be the first Republican to do so.
In August, retiring New York Rep. Richard Hanna became the first Republican member of Congress to say he would vote for Clinton over Trump.
“He is unfit to serve our party and cannot lead this country,” Hanna wrote in a column published in The Post-Standard newspaper of Syracuse, New York. “He is unrepentant in all things.”
Hewlett-Packard executive Meg Whitman – a prominent Republican fundraiser – also threw her support behind Clinton, saying, “Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character.”
Mark Lenzi, a former spokesperson for the Republican Party in New Hampshire; Henry Paulson Jr., a treasury secretary in George W. Bush’s administration; Dan Akerson, a former CEO at General Motors; Arne Carlson, the former Republican governor of Minnesota; and Richard Armitage, George W. Bush’s deputy secretary of state, have all expressed support for Clinton.
Bush’s wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, has even expressed opposition to voting for Trump. In February, she told CBS, I don’t know how women can vote for someone who said what he said about Megyn Kelly.”