The Denver Post reports:
Walker Stapleton is once again tapping his Bush family ties to raise big money in the Colorado governor’s race.
The Republican candidate’s campaign is hosting a Feb. 22 fundraiser in Dallas featuring former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush as the special guests, according to an event invitation…
Stapleton, the two-term state treasurer, is a second cousin to Bush. His father, Craig Roberts Stapleton, was an ownership partner with Bush in the Texas Rangers baseball team and served as ambassador to France from 2005 to 2009. Stapleton’s mother, Dorothy Walker Stapleton, is a cousin to former President George H.W. Bush.
Given Walker Stapleton’s early-season pitch in the Republican gubernatorial primary as more or less the willing water-boy for the oil and gas industry, a fundraiser in the Big D makes plenty of sense. And at this point, we don’t think showcasing Stapleton’s Bush family ties puts Stapleton at a disadvantage–at least not in the primary. Hell, even some Democrats say that graded on Donald Trump’s curve, they’d take Dubya again in a hot minute.
Of course, that’s graded on one hell of a curve.