"Will work for Bush be a liability for former staffers running for office?"
The Hill reports that at least eight former Bushies are now running for elected office, and some are trying to hide their administration tenure. For example, Tim Nank, who is running for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates and worked in the White House on counterterrorism issues, said that he isn’t going out of his way to advertise his work for President Bush:
Having the Bush White House on their résumés is both a political positive and a negative for candidates. On one hand, Nank said, it could help him with his right flank and encourage the base to turn out for him. On the other, he is not going out of his way to advertise his work for President Bush.
“President Bush’s popularity rating is obviously very low, and I think the people in my district would probably not look favorably on that,” Nank said, adding, “I haven’t had a lot of people ask me where I worked. They usually ask where I work.”
However, others, such as former administration and campaign aide David Castillo, who will be running against Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), said that he is “hoping to utilize my Bush-Cheney relationships to the fullest extent I can.”