‘I’m lucky I got to meet him’: George H.W. Bush’s memory lives on in connections made in Wisconsin

‘I’m lucky I got to meet him’: George H.W. Bush’s memory lives on in connections made in Wisconsin

After his death at age 94 Friday, George H.W. Bush’s memory is living on in the connections he’s made in Wisconsin.

“If you didn’t know he was president, you wouldn’t assume so,” Brandon Scholz said. “He was the kindest man.”

Scholz should know. He was involved in almost every one of George H.W. Bush’s trips to Wisconsin when he was president.

“He was quick with a handshake and wanted to know who you were and what you did,” Scholz said.

Scholz’s path crossed with Bush’s before, during and after 41’s presidential campaign. He served as executive director of the state’s Republican Party from 1987 to 1990 and then chief of staff to Rep. Scott Klug, who was elected in the middle of Bush’s term.

“We were all a lot younger then,” he said. “Great memories.”

From train rides to Mother’s Day events, he’s cherishing his memories after learning of Bush’s death.

“Oh I was sad,” Scholz said. “I think I said, ‘Oh my, this is such a great loss.'”

Scholz is mourning the loss of a president, veteran and public servant.

“That’s all he did was to serve, and to serve as honorably and honestly as he possibly could,” he said. “I’m lucky I got to meet him. I’m lucky I was able to work for him and do events and be a part of what he did when he came to Wisconsin. I’ll always remember that.”

Especially now, he’s holding those memories close.

“I will never be sad when I think about them and the events we had,” Scholz said. “I’ll always be happy.”

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Politicians across Wisconsin are also sharing their condolences and memories. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson said in a statement that the loss of the former president and his friend “weighs heavy,” Gov. Walker wrote that he cast his first vote for president for Bush and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin tweeted she had a lot of respect for the 41st president.

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