“We are seeing incredible momentum around our campaign,” Cruz says in statement about the endorsement
Ted Cruz scored a huge endorsement on Tuesday… from a Bush family member.
Neil Bush, brother of George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, was listed — along with his wife — as one of the Texas senator’s new members of his national finance team, according to Politico.
The fourth of six children born to George H.W. and Barbara Bush, Neil Bush is a Texas businessman and investor, and board chair of Points of Light, an organization focused on mobilizing volunteer service. Despite his family’s political pedigree, he has never sought political office.
“We are seeing incredible momentum around our campaign,” Cruz said in a statement on Tuesday. “I am thrilled to welcome these new members to our outstanding team. This race is winnowing down between two candidates and this is further testament that conservatives are continuing to unite behind this campaign.”
The release also noted that the Cruz campaign has raised $1.5 million in the past seven days.
The Bush endorsement could have a major impact as Cruz tries to consolidate support from voters who are apprehensive about GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
The backing from a Bush family member is somewhat surprising considering the fact that last year President George W. Bush made it clear he wasn’t exactly a fan of Cruz, telling supporters at a private fundraiser, “I just don’t like the guy.”
Jeb Bush ended his campaign on Feb. 21 after a disappointing fourth-place finish in South Carolina.