Summers captures endorsement from George H.W. Bush

Charlie Summers this morning is touting an endorsement from former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president with a summer home in Kennebunkport.

Summers, the Republican in the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe, is the only candidate so far to tout a presidential endorsement.

Summers is facing off against independent former Gov. Angus King, Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Dill and independent Steve Woods, Andrew Ian Dodge and Danny Dalton.

“Charlie Summers has exactly the kind of experience and background to be an outstanding member of the U.S. Senate,” the Republican former president says in a news release from the Summers campaign. “I have gotten to know him well and I have great admiration for, and faith in, his judgment and character. He will serve Maine well.”

The Summers campaign news release describes Bush, 88, as a “longtime resident of Maine.”

Bush has been in the news on occasion recently. In June, HBO premiered “41,” a documentary that examines Bush’s presidency and parts of his personal life. And two weeks ago, a spokesman confirmed he and former First Lady Barbara Bush didn’t plan on attending next month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., for health reasons.