(CNN) – Could Scott McClellan be an unlikely supporter of Barack Obama?
In several interviews with media organizations Thursday night, the former White House press secretary hinted that he was strongly leaning toward the Illinois senator's White House bid over his own party’s presumptive nominee.
McClellan, a former White House official who has angered several Republicans this week for his scathing critique of the Bush Administration, said he hasn't made an official decision on which candidate he will back, but offered that he is "intrigued by Sen. Obama's message."
"It's a message that is very similar to the one that Gov. Bush ran on in 2000," McClellan told CBS News.
The former White House press secretary struck a similar tone in an interview with USA Today, saying that he is attracted to both party's likely nominees.
"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Sen. McCain," he said. "I'm also intrigued by Sen. Obama."
McClellan, who played a key role in the president's 2000 campaign, isn't the first member of Bush's inner circle to express support for Obama. In 2007, former Bush strategist Matt Dowd also said he had become disillusioned with the president and said Obama was the only candidate that appealed to him.