During Connecticut Visit, Bush Seen With Shays But Not Cappiello

House Republican campaign chief Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) wasn't kidding when he said that President Bush would be welcome to campaign for his candidates. But trips like Bush's most recent one might cause him agita.

Bush recently visited South Kent, Conn., to attend a fundraiser at Henry Kissinger's house for Nutmeg State Republicans. Though Bush was born in Connecticut, he's far from a favorite son; two-thirds of the voters in 2006, the last time a statewide election was held, disapproved of how he was handling his job.

As the president got off Air Force One, he was photographed with Rep. Chris Shays (R-Conn.), who faces another tough reelection race this year. (thirdparty at Daily Kos has the photos.)

While Shays was photographed with Bush, a Republican House candidate the president was raising money for, David Cappiello, was not, reports The New York Times. Cappiello, a state senator, has raised about $1.1 million less than the congressman he hopes to unseat, freshman Chris Murphy (D).

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