Local political leader shares thoughts on President George HW Bush

Jim Melwert
December 03, 2018 - 4:06 pm
Former President George H.W. Bush attends a ceremony for 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act, July 25, 2005.

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DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The man who helped George H.W. Bush win Pennsylvania in 1988 shares memories of the man he describes as “gentle” and “caring." 

Thomas Judge was chair of the Delaware County Republican Party for years and George H.W. Bush’s campaign manager in Pennsylvania in 1988.

“He was an excellent, excellent person to deal with. He was an individual. He would stop and think of different questions before he gave you the answer,” Judge said. 

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Bush was vice president at the time, and Judge says he spent a lot of time on Air Force Two.

He says Bush taught him to be straightforward with everyone, and Judge says he wasn't surprised to hear Bush told loved ones he was ready to go to heaven to see his wife, Barbara, as she died earlier this year. 

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“I always would say to him, ‘How’s Barbara?’ and he would go on and on and on about how they met. And any time he had a question about his family, he always seemed to end up on his love for Barbara and his devotion to her,” Judge said.