President George W. Bush to attend event for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, opponent of Trump-backed Purdue

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Former President George W. Bush will attend a fundraiser for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who was targeted by former President Donald Trump following a breakdown in their relationship following his 2020 election defeat .

The fundraiser will take place at the Texas home of real estate developer Harlan Crow, Politico reported. Bush is listed as a “special guest,” according to the report.

Tickets for a VIP reception are $15,200, while the general reception is $5,000.

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Former President George W. Bush gives a thumbs up before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Bush will appear at a fundraiser for Governor Brian Kemp, according to reports.
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Kemp is a first-term conservative governor facing a primary challenge from former GOP Sen. David Perdue, who is backed by Trump. Trump called for Kemp’s ouster after the governor refused to help overturn his state’s election results after claiming the contest was rigged.

Trump said Kemp did not push Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger enough to undo President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, The Washington Post reported.

Bush’s appearance represents years of tension between the Trump and Bush families, according to Politico. Trump often insulted Bush before running for president and hurled jabs during his 2016 bid at Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida.

Bush has largely refrained from criticizing Trump.

Perdue has struggled to tap into the same network of major donors that backed her two Senate races, despite her endorsement by former President Donald Trump. After having less than $1 million in cash at the end of January, Perdue hinted that he would crack his own fortune of $50 million to try and keep up with Kemp’s spending.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during the Georgia Ports Authority 2022 State of the Port Address on February 24.  Former President Donald Trump has spent months attacking incumbent Republicans Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.  He blames both men for not working hard enough to undo his narrow defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during the Georgia Ports Authority 2022 State of the Port Address on February 24. Former President Donald Trump has spent months attacking incumbent Republicans Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. He blames both men for not working hard enough to undo his narrow defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
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Trump held a fundraiser for Perdue at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where contributors had to donate $3,000 to attend.

A photo with Trump meant contributing $24,200, the maximum individual contribution for Georgia in this election cycle, including a primary, general election and two possible ballots. The results of that fundraiser will appear in Perdue’s report this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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