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Comeback: George H.W. Bush re-enters politics as top fundraiser

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Former President George H.W. Bush, who has shied away from political dirty work, has jumped feet first into the GOP's bid to win back the Senate and White House in a new fundraising campaign.

“I normally shy away from political fundraising these days, but feel so strongly about the upcoming elections and hope you will support the Republican National Committee today,” said the 89-year-old former president who celebrated a political family reunion over the weekend in Texas.

“I am proud to say that I am doing my part to lay the foundation for victory in 2014 by supporting the RNC,” he added in a fundraising email.

Since losing to former President Bill Clinton in 1992, Bush has stayed on the outskirts of politics, though he was a huge fan of his son, George W., who succeeded Clinton as president. The father and son are typically referred to as “41” and “43,” the number of their presidencies.

Once before he signed a fundraising effort for party Chairman Reince Priebus. “He has signed at least one other since Reince has been in and doing a terrific job. He feels it is critical for the country that the GOP keep the House and retake the Senate en route to winning the White House in 2016,” said Bush spokesman Jim McGrath.

At the Republican National Committee, officials were happy to have the support of Bush, himself a former party chairman.

“As a former chairman he understands how important our mission is and is excited about the work the RNC is doing to improve our party and believes in the leadership that Reince is providing. The two of them have talked and we are grateful for the unprecedented support that 41 is providing,” said an RNC spokesperson.

Below is Bush’s full fundraising email:

As we approach what is certain to be one of the most important mid-term elections in our nation's history, nothing is more vital to our Party's success than a strong, well-funded Republican National Committee (RNC).

I am proud to say that I am doing my part to lay the foundation for victory in 2014 by supporting the RNC. I hope you will follow my lead by making a special gift today.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is doing the hard work to build our Party and prepare for the tremendous challenges — and opportunities — ahead. I think Reince has done a terrific job, and going forward he has made it clear to me that he has two key goals as Chairman: to unite our Party and to secure Republican victories all across America.

I strongly back Reince and these critically important objectives.

By matching my online gift to the RNC today with one of your own, you will be supporting the one GOP group that raises and contributes more to Republican campaigns than any other Republican committee.

Thank you for your time and your friendship. I normally shy away from political fundraising these days, but feel so strongly about the upcoming elections and hope you will support the Republican National Committee today.

Have your online gift doubled now.

Sincerely,

President George H.W. Bush

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.