Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn features George H. W. Bush in her latest campaign ad, and the former president isn’t happy about it.
Nunn, who is running for Senate in the Peach State, has relied heavily on her time as head of the Points of Light organization, a nonprofit founded by Bush, to stress her bipartisan ties in the red state. Despite her efforts to appear as a Bush ally, the former president publicly endorsed her Republican opponent, David Perdue.
In an effort to deflect attention from her support for President Obama, Nunn released a new spot over the weekend in which she displays a picture of herself with Bush for nearly a third of the ad; she uses a picture of herself with President George W. Bush as well. This did not sit well with the elder Bush.
“Michelle and her team have been clearly, repeatedly and consistently told that President Bush did not want them to use his photo as part of this campaign,” Bush’s spokesman said in a statement. “Apparently, the Nunn team feels they can repeatedly disregard the former president’s wishes, which is very disappointing because it’s so disrespectful.”
A Nunn spokesman said the candidate has “the utmost respect for” for the president and the organization, but did not indicate that the picture with Bush would be removed from the ad.